The Blackwell Companion to Christian Spirituality / Edition 1

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The Blackwell Companion to Christian Spirituality is a comprehensive single-volume introduction to Christian spirituality, and represents the most significant recent developments in the field.

  • Offers a thoroughly interdisciplinary, broadly ecumenical, and representative overview of the most significant recent developments in the field
  • Comprises essays combining rigorous academic scholarship with accessible and elegant writing
  • Reflects an understanding of the field as the study of the lived experience of Christian faith and discipleship
  • Provides material on biblical, historical, and theological foundations, along with treatment of contemporary issues
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“Represents a full survey of the latest research in the field and will form an essential component of academic libraries with theological collections and make a valuable contribution to public libraries with specialist collections in the humanities.” (Reference Reviews)

"This is a rich and comprehensive resource not only for theologians but also for ordinands, parish priests and teachers." (New Directions)

‘It amounts to the single most thorough treatment of the field to date … lending the book considerable interest and depth’ (The Way)

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Meet the Author

Arthur Holder is Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Christian Spirituality at Graduate Theological Union. A priest of the Episcopal Church, he is the co-translator of Bede: A Biblical Miscellany (1999) and the translator of Bede: On the Tabernacle (1994). He is currently Co-chair of the Christian Spirituality Group of the American Academy of Religion, and serves on the Governing Board of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality and the Editorial Board of the Society’s journal Spiritus.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Approaches to the study of Christian spirituality 15
2 The Old Testament in Christian spirituality 37
3 The New Testament in Christian spirituality 55
4 Christian spirituality during the Roman Empire (100-600) 73
5 Christian spirituality in Byzantium and the East (600-1700) 90
6 Christian spirituality in the Medieval West (600-1450) 106
7 European reformations of Christian spirituality (1450-1700) 122
8 Christian spirituality in Europe and North America since 1700 139
9 Christian spirituality in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Oceania 156
10 Trinitarian perspectives on Christian spirituality 177
11 Christology in Christian spirituality 190
12 The holy spirit in Christian spirituality 207
13 Christian spirituality and the theology of the human person 223
14 The church as context for Christian spirituality 239
15 Sacramentality and Christian spirituality 254
16 Christian spirituality and theological ethics 269
17 Social sciences 289
18 Personality sciences 308
19 Natural sciences 325
20 Aesthetics 345
21 Feminist studies 363
22 Ritual studies 387
23 Theology of religions 401
24 Experience 419
25 Mysticism 442
26 Interpretation 459
27 Nature 478
28 Practice 496
29 Liberation 515
30 Interfaith encounter 532
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