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Studying Christian Spirituality - David B. Perrin

Studying Christian Spirituality

Paperback Published: 16th July 2007
ISBN: 9780415394741
Number Of Pages: 346

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This book provides a new introduction to the study of Christian spirituality, exploring it through the human sciences and ranging from philosophy and hermeneutics to psychology, history, sociology and anthropology.

Systematic and progressive, it introduces the key approaches and shows how they relate to the understanding, study and practice of spirituality. Covering a vast amount of ground - from traditional themes such as images of God, spiritual direction and pilgrimage to more contemporary issues, such as place and space, cyberspace and postcolonialism - the author takes an ecumenical, inclusive stance, allowing the book to be used in a wide variety of courses and across denominations.

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Readers looking for a comprehensive introduction to the contemporary study of Christian Spirituality will be well served by David Perrin's "Studying Christian Spirituality". This volume offers an ecumenical, interdisciplinary, and thoroughly referenced guide to both method and content in this emerging academic discipline. Perrin knows the issues and the literature as well as anyone in the field, and he clearly writes out of his rich experience of creative teaching and spiritual practice. Arthur Holder, Dean and Professor of Christian Spirituality, Graduate Theological Union, USA

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Goals of this bookp. 2
Christian spirituality and the human sciencesp. 2
No one field of study has all the answersp. 2
Refinement of research strategiesp. 5
Christian spirituality is self-implicatingp. 7
Methodology for studies in Christian spiritualityp. 9
Core methodological principlesp. 10
Notesp. 14
Questions of definitionsp. 15
Introductionp. 16
Spiritualityp. 16
Spirituality in everyday lifep. 23
Christian spiritualityp. 26
Christian spirituality and theologyp. 32
Methods in the study of Christian spiritualityp. 35
Spirituality and religionp. 44
Christian spirituality and experiencep. 47
Conclusionp. 50
Recommended readingp. 51
Notesp. 54
Questions of contextp. 57
Introductionp. 58
The expulsion of God from ordinary placep. 60
Images and symbols come from placep. 63
Geography and sacred space: the desert and the cityp. 64
The contribution of sociology to contextp. 69
Modernism to postmodernism: the context of being ôin-betweenöp. 76
Conclusionp. 88
Recommended readingp. 89
Notesp. 92
Questions of Godp. 95
Introductionp. 96
Models of Godp. 98
Models of God reveal a philosophy of lifep. 101
Which models of God?p. 103
Evolving models of God and cosmologyp. 105
The apophatic and kataphatic waysp. 111
Conclusionp. 114
Recommended readingp. 117
Notesp. 118
Questions of Christian anthropologyp. 119
Introductionp. 120
The imago Deip. 122
The nature of the selfp. 124
The self as defined by culture: the pre-modern, modern, and postmodern selfp. 128
The nature of self-knowledgep. 130
Profiles of the selfp. 133
Conclusionp. 145
Recommended readingp. 146
Notesp. 147
Questions of historyp. 149
Introductionp. 150
What is history?p. 152
The nature of historical inquiryp. 159
History of Christian spirituality and theologyp. 168
Christian spirituality and its particular historyp. 170
Christian hagiographyp. 175
Role and place of tradition in history of Christian spiritualityp. 177
Conclusionp. 178
Recommended readingp. 179
Notesp. 180
Questions of textp. 185
Introductionp. 186
What is a text?p. 188
Interpretation of textsp. 190
The reading and interpreting communityp. 203
Why the hermeneutical method of interpretation is helpfulp. 204
Classic Christian textsp. 208
Conclusionp. 214
Recommended readingp. 215
Notesp. 217
Questions of human-spiritual developmentp. 219
Introductionp. 220
Fundamental points of reference: modelsp. 222
The intersection of psychology and spiritualityp. 225
The experience of Christian human-spiritual development: Christian mysticism and asceticismp. 238
The threefold classical spiritual itinerary: mysticism, asceticism, and human-spiritual growthp. 248
Conclusionp. 257
Recommended readingp. 258
Notesp. 260
Questions of spiritual practicep. 265
Introductionp. 266
The nature of spiritual practicep. 267
Prayerp. 276
Bible readingp. 278
Spiritual directionp. 282
Pilgrimagep. 286
Conclusionp. 290
Recommended readingp. 290
Notesp. 293
Questions of critical edgesp. 297
Introductionp. 298
Sciencep. 298
Work and leadershipp. 302
Healthp. 305
Politics, government, and globalizationp. 307
Cyberspacep. 311
New Agep. 314
Genderp. 319
Feminismp. 322
Men's movementsp. 326
Conclusionp. 329
Recommended readingp. 329
Notesp. 334
Indexp. 339
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ISBN: 9780415394741
ISBN-10: 0415394740
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 346
Published: 16th July 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 2

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