Library Journal - Library JournalThis valuable reference tool is the first published volume of a projected 25-volume encyclopedia designed to cover all religions. In less than 500 breathless pages an international array of scholars sketch significant aspects of Christian spirituality from the birth of Jesus to the 12th century in both the Eastern and Western churches. In varying degrees, attention is given to scriptural spirituality; the spirituality of the apostolic fathers; several forms of monasticism; and to sacramental, liturgical, christological, Marian, and artistic spirituality. Although little attempt is made to relate a spirituality to its social and historical context (except for the excellent pieces on ``Spirituality in Celtic and Germanic Society'' by Pierre Riche and ``The Gregorian Reform'' by Karl F. Morrison), nevertheless most sections provide sound and succinct analyses. Basic for religious and theological collections. Bennett D. Hill, St. Anselm's Abbey, Washington, D.C.
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