Dictionary of Christian Spirituality

Dictionary of Christian Spirituality

by Zondervan, James D. Smith
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Dictionary of Christian Spirituality by Zondervan, James D. Smith

In recent decades Christian spirituality, spiritual formation and spiritual theology have become important concepts in the global evangelical community. Consequently, an accessible and reliable academic resource is needed on these topics—one that will offer a discerning orientation to the wealth of ecumenical resources available while still highlighting the distinct heritage and affirming the core grace-centered values of classic evangelical spirituality. The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality reflects an overarching interpretive framework for evangelical spiritual formation: a holistic and grace-filled spirituality that encompasses relational (connecting), transformational (becoming), and vocational (doing) dynamics. At the same time, contributors respectfully acknowledge the differences between Reformed, Holiness, and Pentecostal paradigms of the spiritual life. And, by bringing together writers from around the world who share a common orthodoxy, this reference work is truly global and international in both its topical scope and contributors. Entries give appropriate attention to concepts, concerns, and formative figures in the evangelical tradition of spirituality that other reference work neglect. They offer a discerning orientation to the wealth of ecumenical resources available, exploring the similarities and differences between Christianity and alternate spiritualities without lapsing into relativism. The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality is a resource that covers a wide range of topics relating to Christian spirituality and is biblically engaged, accessible, and relevant for all contemporary Christians.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310290667
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 07/05/2011
Pages: 864
Sales rank: 1,022,735
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Glen G. Scorgie (Ph.D., St. Andrews) is professor of theology at Bethel Seminary San Diego since 1996. Previously he was academic vice-president of North American Baptist College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is a past president of the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association. For the past decade he has also been involved in the ministries of Chinese Bible Church of San Diego, and lectures regularly in Asia. His writings include A Little Guide to Christian Spirituality (2007). For more information, visit his website at www.glenscorgie.com.

Simon Chan (PhD, Cambridge) is Earnest Lau Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Theological College in Singapore. He is the author of Man and Sin, Pentecostal Theology and the Christian Spiritual Tradition, Spiritual Theology; A Systematic Study of the Christian Life and Liturgical Theology: The Church as Worshiping Community. He is also the associate editor of the Global Dictionary of Theology and the Dictionary of Mission Theology.

Gordon T. Smith (PhD, Loyola House, Ateneo de Manila) is the president of reSource Leadership International and formerly dean of Regent College, Vancouver. His publications include A Holy Meal: the Lord’s Supper in the Life of the Church and The Voice of Jesus: Discernment, Prayer and the Witness of the Spirit.

James D. Smith III (ThD, Harvard) is associate professor of Church History at Bethel Seminary – San Diego, as well an adjunct professor of religion at the University of San Diego. A member of the Baptist General Conference, he is a former teaching assistant to Henri Nouwen at Harvard, and lectures frequently on Nouwen’s spirituality and related topics.

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Bible-Geek-Gone-Wild More than 1 year ago
In my humble opinion, Bible geeks such as myself can never have too many reference works at their disposal and I am always an easy sell (AKA sucker) for a good dictionary. Now when I think about biblical and theological dictionaries that would enhance the list of reference works available in my personal library, the first publisher that comes to mind in this category is generally IVP (InterVarsity Press). As much as they might try, IVP cannot keep this space all to themselves, so I was excited to have a chance to peruse a reference work from Zondervan, whose academic titles I have come to respect over the past decade, especially when it comes to basic and intermediate texts for the study of biblical languages (Greek, Hebrew, and more recently Aramaic). The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality seeks to raise the bar when compared with the broad spectrum of "Christian" literature that is being produced today. This volume strives "to help Christians reunite their heads with their hearts (and also with their hands...)" (p. 7). Acknowledging the many authors and reference works on whose shoulders they stand, the contributors have attempted to provide readers with "an accessible and reliable academic resource...one that will offer a discerning orientation to the wealth of ecumenical resources available while still highlighting the distinct heritage and affirming the core grace-centered values of classic evangelical spirituality" (p. 8). The distinctive features that readers can expect in this volume are: 1. Biblically engaged 2. Accessible and relevant to contemporary Christian practitioners 3. Generous in its regard for the full range of Christian traditions of spirituality 4. Attentive to otherwise neglected topics, concerns, and formative figures in the evangelical tradition of spirituality 5. Global and international in both topical scope and contributors 6. Reflective of interdisciplinary engagement with related fields of inquiry The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality is divided into two main parts. Part one (Integrative Perspectives) is made up of thirty four essays from a wide range of scholars on topics including: *Overview of Christian Spirituality - Glen G. Scorgie *Jesus - Dallas Willard *The Holy Spirit - Clark H. Pinnock and Glen G. Scorgie *Ancient Christian Spirituality (AD 100-600) - Christopher A. Hall Part two (Dictionary Entries) has nearly seven hundred shorter length articles on historical Christian movements, biographical profiles, and many other concepts and topics important to the study of Christian spirituality. One especially important feature of the entries and articles found in both parts one and two of the book is that each of them closes with a list of resources for further reading, which is always helpful for those topics you intend to explore further. I would heartily recommend this volume for pastors, ministry leaders, and academics as well as the non-specialist who will benefit from this sort of resource in their home. For instance, I shared this volume with my wife and she is excited about the potential use of the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality in her preparation for homeschooling lessons. She was particularly pleased with the biographical profiles found in part two. The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality is a great resource to add to your collection of reference works and with a list price of $39.99, it is a great value. Disclaimer: This