Spirituality Old and New
Recovering authentic spiritual life Donald Bloesch surveys the history of Christian thinking on the nature of the spiritual life. In his own charitable, ecumenical yet evangelical way he provides incisive guidance toward a genuine Christian spirituality that is firmly...
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Recovering authentic spiritual life
Donald Bloesch surveys the history of Christian thinking on the nature of the spiritual life. In his own charitable, ecumenical yet evangelical way he provides incisive guidance toward a genuine Christian spirituality that is firmly rooted in biblical faith and fully aware of the positive contributions of various streams of Christian tradition, while critically engaging the current plethora of options being offered today.
^'Here is a biblical and churchly 'spirituality' so needed today as an alternative to the New Age nostrums that crowd the mall bookstore shelves. Along the way, Donald Bloesch examines a range of offerings for the cure of souls that includes classical mysticism – its strengths and weaknesses – current gnosticisms in Christian garb and their post-Christian equivalents while making his powerful case for a Christocentric spiritual life of loving God and serving the world.'
^Gabriel Fackre, Abbot Professor of Christian Theology Emeritus, Andover Newton Theological School
^^'Who among evangelical theologians can provide a more authoritative word on "spirituality old and new" than Donald G. Bloesch? In his new book by that title, Bloesch is discerning and critical, yet open and winsome; erudite and edifying; wise but passionate. Readers will find an analysis of the dangers lurking everywhere in spiritualities old and new in our culture today, and also Bloesch's robust biblical, historical, evangelical alternative. The book's subtitle, Recovering Authentic Spiritual Life, has been a central focus of Bloesch's interest, research and reflection from the very beginning of his career that now spans over fifty years. While Bloesch learns from many, he is a slave to none as he adds yet another jewel to his long list of publications. This is the most significant contribution to the conversation on spirituality by an evangelical in quite some time.'
^Rev. Dr Elmer M. Colyer, Professor of Historical Theology and Stanley Professor of Wesley Studies, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
Donald G. Bloesch is professor of theology emeritus at Dubusque Theological Seminary in Dubusque Iowa.
Donald G. Bloesch (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor of theology emeritus at Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He has done postdoctoral work at the universities of Oxford, Tubingen and Basel and has written numerous books, including Faith and Its Counterfeits, Christian Foundations Series, Evangelical Theology in Transition, Theological Notebook Volume 3, Essentials of Evangelical Theology, The Future of Evangelical Christianity, The Struggle of Prayer and Freedom for Obedience. He is also a past president of the Midwest Division of the American Theological Society.