This book is a student introduction to Christian theology, covering the Christian spiritual tradition in its Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant and Evangelical modes in the Patristic period, the Middle Ages, the Reformation and the Modern Period. This examination of spiritual traditions focuses on the active understanding of theology and spirituality in relation to the Christian life of prayer, devotion, worship and celebration. Discussions include the development of the orthodox tradition, theological works from Aquinas and Luther, and contemporary spiritual movements.
"Dr Harris brings to his task a long a rich career in theology and education. There is immense learning and great erudition. A welcome introduction to the heart of Christian believing and its story from the emergence of the New Testament and early Christian thought to the ecumenical diversity of the world Church as it enters in the new millennium." -- Paul Ballard, Cardiff University
Contents: Foreword by Professor D Byron Evans; Foreword by Professor Paul Ballard; Preface and Acknowledgements; Christian Theology and Spirituality; What is theology?; What is spirituality?; The norms of Christian theology; The process of spirituality; After the Apostles; From Athens to Jerusalem; Steps to truth; The roots of morality; Christian identity; Perspectives of Patristic theology and spirituality; Eastern Christendom; The way of the desert; A monastic church; The Cappadocian Fathers; Holy Tradition; Teaching; Patterns of spirituality; The liturgy; Spiritual guides; Christianity in the West; Papacy, authority, theology and spirituality; Monasticism in the west; Mysticism and the love of God; Scholars, theology and spirituality; Theology, the arts and spirituality; The Age of Reform; Catalysts of reform; The Luther affair; The crown rights of conscience; Covenant and election; The fellowship of the holy; Spiritual vision and recovery; Spiritual pilgrimage and the flame of love; English spirituality; From Reformation to Romanticism; Consolidation and fragmentation; Puritanism; Theology and rationalism; A new birth; The evangelical revival; Spiritual outreach; Missionary expansion; Spirituality, literature and music; The Victorian Era; Theology of consciousness; The Church of England; Christian socialism; Nonconformity; Proclaiming the gospel; Social revival; The arts and spirituality; The Contemporary World; Ecumenical theology and spirituality; Global spirituality; Theological foundations; Pilgrim of the future; Waiting on God; Spiritual guides; Communities of spirituality; Theology and spiritual issues; Spirituality and the arts; The Seven Ecumenical Councils, 325-787.
Series: Beliefs & Practices
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 1st January 2001
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.34
Weight (kg): 0.43