Christian Spirituality: An Introduction
September 1999, ©1999, Wiley-Blackwell
- Includes a detailed guide to resources in spirituality available on the Internet
- Written by a leading theological educationalist in a clear and accessible manner
- Encourages active engagement with primary sources through worked case studies
How to Use this Book.
Part I: Introduction:.
1. Defining 'Spirituality'.
2. Defining 'Christian Spirituality'.
3. Clarifying Terms: Mysticism and Spirituality.
Part II: Types of Christian Spirituality: .
4. Spirituality, Theology and Personality.
5. Denominational Considerations.
6. Attitudes to the World, Culture and History.
Part III: Theological Foundations for Spirituality: Basic Issues: .
7. The Nature of Theology.
8. The Relation of Theology and Spirituality.
Part IV: Theological Foundations for Spirituality: Case Studies:.
9. Creation. Human Nature and Destiny.
10. The Trinity. Incarnation.
14. For Further Reading.
Part V: Biblical Images and Christian Spirituality:.
15. The Bible as a Resource for Spirituality.
16. Biblical Images and Spirituality.
Part VI: Faces, Places and Spaces: Visualization and Spatialization in Christian Spirituality:.
17. The Visualization of the Divine.
18. Telling the Story: Faith and Life.
19. The Rhythm of Faith: Structuring Time.
20. Spiritual Geography: Structuring Space.
Part VII: Christian Spirituality: Engaging the Tradition:.
21. Conclusion: Where Next?.
22. Christian Spirituality: Internet Resources.
Glossary of Terms.
Sources of Citations.
For Further Reading.
- Includes a detailed guide to resources in spirituality available on the Internet.
- Written by a leading theological educationalist in a clear and accessible manner.
- Encourages active engagement with primary sources through worked case studies.
"This study really is an 'introduction' and is well suited to
the needs of undergraduate students in universities, theological
colleges, and seminaries. The book will also be useful for adult
education courses, and will appeal in addition to a more general
readership. There is a need for a reliable, basic, introductory
textbook like this that doesn't make too many assumptions about its
readers." Philip Sheldrake, Vice-Principal, Sarum College,
"I am sure that this book will have a wide readership,
particularly among theologians and students of theology. It should
also have a wider readership among Christians more generally.
Existing works of spirituality often have limited scope and make
assumptions about their readers' knowledge. The author's concern to
fill gaps and provide adequate explanations and contexts is
admirable." Robert Swanson, Reader in Medieval History,
University of Birmingham
"[The book's] considerable advantage in accessibility and in the
structured ordering of ideas makes it ideal as an undergraduate
textbook or a committed interest-reader's introduction. It includes
frequent invitations and injunctions to read and explore more
deeply. The book is written with superb clarity and very
considerable breadth of reference...As a working textbook, this has
everything one could wish for: interaction with the reader in the
form of suggested tasks and internal cross-references; good
management of the interrelationship with theology and clarification
of terms; window-box texts; a glossary; a list of websites. For
university courses and libraries this is a must. For enquirers it
is a scholarly and accessible guide." International Journal of
"This book is highly recommended as a college or seminary textbook on the spiritual life or sanctification. In addition, anyone interested in delving into the tradition of Christian spirituality will find this a useful guide." Bibliotheca Sacra