A Brief History of Spirituality / Edition 1

A Brief History of Spirituality / Edition 1

by Philip Sheldrake
     
 

A Brief History of Spirituality tells the story of Christian spirituality from its origins in the New Testament to the present day. Moving through the main figures and historical periods, the author shows how and why spirituality has changed and developed over the centuries.

Philip Sheldrake, a leading commentator on spirituality, draws out the distinctive

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A Brief History of Spirituality tells the story of Christian spirituality from its origins in the New Testament to the present day. Moving through the main figures and historical periods, the author shows how and why spirituality has changed and developed over the centuries.

Philip Sheldrake, a leading commentator on spirituality, draws out the distinctive themes of Christian spirituality, exploring the historical and cultural events that changed people’s attitudes and practices. The major spiritual teachers are described, along with the ideas, images and experiences that so strongly affected those around them. Coming right up to the modern day, the book explores the huge changes in spirituality in recent years and examines the way it is often contrasted with “religion.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405117715
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.35(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

Introduction: What is Spirituality?.

Contemporary Meaning.

Spirituality and History.

Interpretation.

Periods and Traditions.

1 Foundations: Scriptures and Early Church.

Christian Spirituality and the Scriptures.

Scriptural Markers.

Spirituality in the New Testament.

Spirituality and the Early Church.

Liturgy.

Spirituality and Martyrdom.

Spirituality and Doctrine.

Origen.

Evagrius.

The Cappadocians.

Augustine.

Pseudo-Dionysius.

Christian Spirituality as Transformation and Mission.

Theories of Spiritual Transformation.

Conclusion.

2 The Monastic Paradigm: 300-1150.

The Emergence of Monasticism.

Widows and Virgins.

Syrian Ascetics.

Egyptian Monasticism.

Wisdom of the Desert.

Monastic Rules.

Benedictine Expansion.

The New Hermits.

The Cistercians.

The Spiritual Values of Monasticism.

Spirituality and the Conversion of Europe.

Local Spiritualities: Ireland.

Spirituality in the East.

Syriac Spirituality.

Conclusion.

3 Spirituality in the City: 1150-1450.

The Gregorian Reform.

The Vita Evangelica.

Twelfth-Century Renaissance.

The Rebirth of Cities.

Cathedrals and Urban Vision.

The City as Sacred.

Universities as Sacred Space.

Vita Evangelica and Urban Sensibilities.

The Mendicant Movement.

Dominic, Francis, Clare, and Bonaventure.

The Beguines.

Fourteenth-Century Mysticism.

Devotional Spirituality.

Spirituality and Eastern Christianity.

The Renaissance.

Conclusion.

4 Spiritualities in the Age of Reformations: 1450-1700.

Seeds of Reform: The Devotio Moderna and Christian Humanism.

The Crisis of Medieval Spirituality.

Spirituality and the Lutheran Reformation.

John Calvin and Reformed Spirituality.

Anabaptist Spirituality.

Anglican Spirituality.

Puritan Spirituality.

Early Quakers.

The Catholic Reformation.

The New Orders.

Ignatius Loyola and Early Ignatian Spirituality.

Carmelite Mysticism.

Lay Devotion.

Seventeenth-Century French Spirituality.

Conclusion.

5 Spirituality in an Age of Reason: 1700-1900.

Spirituality in the Roman Catholic Tradition.

Pietism.

Wesleyan Spirituality.

American Puritanism and the Great Awakening.

Shaker Spirituality.

Orthodox Spirituality.

Post-Revolutionary Catholicism.

The English Evangelicals.

The Oxford Movement.

John Henry Newman.

A Distinctive “American Spirituality”.

Conclusion.

6 Modernity to Postmodernity: 1900-2000.

The Impact on Spirituality.

Evelyn Underhill.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Simone Weil.

Dorothy Day.

Thomas Merton.

Spiritualities of Liberation.

Gustavo Gutiérrez.

Feminist Spirituality.

Spiritualities of Reconciliation.

Ecumenical Spirituality: The Example of Taizé.

Spirituality and Inter-Religious Dialogue: Bede Griffiths.

Making Spirituality Democratic: The Retreat Movement.

Making Spirituality Democratic: The Charismatic Movement.

Conclusion.

Epilogue.

Notes.

Select Bibliography.

Index

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