New PDF release: A Brief History of Spirituality

By Philip Sheldrake

ISBN-10: 1405117702

ISBN-13: 9781405117708

ISBN-10: 1405117710

ISBN-13: 9781405117715

A short heritage of Spirituality tells the tale of Christian spirituality from its origins within the New testomony to the current day.

  • Charts the most figures, rules, pictures and historic classes, displaying how and why spirituality has replaced and built over the centuries
  • Draws out the precise issues of Christian spirituality, exploring the historic and cultural occasions and reviews that modified people’s attitudes and practices
  • Coverage extends correct as much as the trendy day, exploring the massive alterations in spirituality in recent times and how it really is these days frequently contrasted with ‘religion’
  • Written via a number one commentator on spirituality, and released within the renowned Brief Histories of Religion series

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The sayings and stories were gathered mainly from the hermits of Lower Egypt or from the groups at Nitria and Scetis. These were passed on in oral fashion and later written down (the Apophthegmata Patrum) during the fifth century. 5 These writings record a period of informality. 6 The Monastic Paradigm: 300–1150 45 The early desert ascetics were motivated by a desire to live the life demanded of all Christians – but they did so with particular intensity. What they sought was simply the way to salvation.

Third, the notion of distinct stages can support a questionable hierarchy of spiritual and moral values and therefore of lifestyles in which the contemplative way is seen as distinct from and superior to the way of action. Thus the twentieth-century German Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner questioned the concept of distinct stages as based on an outdated Neoplatonist anthropology in which the summit of human existence is total detachment from bodily passions. 22 Foundations: Scriptures and Early Church 37 While the classic approaches to the spiritual journey in Christian spirituality continue to offer valuable wisdom for our own times, a contemporary perspective suggests that their sometimes individualistic tone must nowadays be complemented by a renewed biblical emphasis on the collective understanding of discipleship.

G. Mt 25, 31–46). g. Mt 5, 38–42). 18 Foundations: Scriptures and Early Church In the Luke–Acts tradition, the important themes are God’s faithfulness and the all-embracing or inclusive nature of those who are heirs of God’s promises. With the coming of the Messiah, universal salvation is possible in an age now filled with God’s Spirit. The response is gratitude and joy. This is Jesus’ own attitude. ‘‘Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, ‘I thank you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to infants’ ’’ (Lk 10, 21).

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