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Christian Spirituality : An Introduction - Alister E. McGrath

Christian Spirituality

An Introduction


Published: 17th July 1999
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This text fills the need for a clear, informative, helpful and well-written introduction to Christian spirituality.

  • Includes a detailed guide to resources in spirituality available on the Internet
  • Written by a leading theological educationalist in a clear and accessible manner
  • Encourages active engagement with primary sources through worked case studies

"This book ably and accurately provides information that will help those unfamiliar with the Christian tradition to engage with classical texts on spirituality." Amy M. Hollywood, Professor of Religion, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire

"This study really is an 'introduction' and is well suited to the needs of undergraduate students in universities, theological colleges, and seminaries. The book will also be useful for adult education courses, and will appeal in addition to a more general readership. There is a need for a reliable, basic, introductory textbook like this that doesn't make too many assumptions about its readers." Philip Sheldrake, Vice-Principal, Sarum College, Salisbury

"I am sure that this book will have a wide readership, particularly among theologians and students of theology. It should also have a wider readership among Christians more generally. Existing works of spirituality often have limited scope and make assumptions about their readers' knowledge. The author's concern to fill gaps and provide adequate explanations and contexts is admirable." Robert Swanson, Reader in Medieval History, University of Birmingham

"[The book's] considerable advantage in accessibility and in the structured ordering of ideas makes it ideal as an undergraduate textbook or a committed interest-reader's introduction. It includes frequent invitations and injunctions to read and explore more deeply. The book is written with superb clarity and very considerable breadth of reference...As a working textbook, this has everything one could wish for: interaction with the reader in the form of suggested tasks and internal cross-references; good management of the interrelationship with theology and clarification of terms; window-box texts; a glossary; a list of websites. For university courses and libraries this is a must. For enquirers it is a scholarly and accessible guide." International Journal of Children's Spirituality

"This book is highly recommended as a college or seminary textbook on the spiritual life or sanctification. In addition, anyone interested in delving into the tradition of Christian spirituality will find this a useful guide." Bibliotheca Sacra


How to Use this Book.

Part I: Introduction:.

1. Defining 'Spirituality'.

2. Defining 'Christian Spirituality'.

3. Clarifying Terms: Mysticism and Spirituality.

Part II: Types of Christian Spirituality: .

4. Spirituality, Theology and Personality.

5. Denominational Considerations.

6. Attitudes to the World, Culture and History.

Part III: Theological Foundations for Spirituality: Basic Issues: .

7. The Nature of Theology.

8. The Relation of Theology and Spirituality.

Part IV: Theological Foundations for Spirituality: Case Studies:.

9. Creation. Human Nature and Destiny.

10. The Trinity. Incarnation.

11. Redemption.

12. Resurrection.

13. Consummation.

14. For Further Reading.

Part V: Biblical Images and Christian Spirituality:.

15. The Bible as a Resource for Spirituality.

16. Biblical Images and Spirituality.

Part VI: Faces, Places and Spaces: Visualization and Spatialization in Christian Spirituality:.

17. The Visualization of the Divine.

18. Telling the Story: Faith and Life.

19. The Rhythm of Faith: Structuring Time.

20. Spiritual Geography: Structuring Space.

Part VII: Christian Spirituality: Engaging the Tradition:.

21. Conclusion: Where Next?.

22. Christian Spirituality: Internet Resources.

Glossary of Terms.

Sources of Citations.

For Further Reading.


ISBN: 9780631212812
ISBN-10: 0631212817
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 17th July 1999
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 17.1  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1