Introduction: What is Spirituality?.
Spirituality and History.
Periods and Traditions.
1 Foundations: Scriptures and Early Church.
Christian Spirituality and the Scriptures.
Spirituality in the New Testament.
Spirituality and the Early Church.
Spirituality and Martyrdom.
Spirituality and Doctrine.
Christian Spirituality as Transformation and Mission.
Theories of Spiritual Transformation.
2 The Monastic Paradigm: 300-1150.
The Emergence of Monasticism.
Widows and Virgins.
Wisdom of the Desert.
The New Hermits.
The Spiritual Values of Monasticism.
Spirituality and the Conversion of Europe.
Local Spiritualities: Ireland.
Spirituality in the East.
3 Spirituality in the City: 1150-1450.
The Gregorian Reform.
The Vita Evangelica.
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.
Spirituality and Eastern Christianity.
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.
The Catholic Reformation.
The New Orders.
Ignatius Loyola and Early Ignatian Spirituality.
Seventeenth-Century French Spirituality.
5 Spirituality in an Age of Reason: 1700-1900.
Spirituality in the Roman Catholic Tradition.
American Puritanism and the Great Awakening.
The English Evangelicals.
The Oxford Movement.
John Henry Newman.
A Distinctive “American Spirituality”.
6 Modernity to Postmodernity: 1900-2000.
The Impact on Spirituality.
Spiritualities of Liberation.
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.
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- Offers an eye-opening journey through the history of Christian spirituality, from its origins in the New Testament through to the present day.
- Charts the main figures, ideas, images and historical periods, showing how and why spirituality has changed and developed over the centuries.
- Draws out the distinctive themes of Christian spirituality, exploring the historical and cultural events and experiences that changed people’s attitudes and practices.
- Coverage extends right up to the modern day, exploring the huge changes in spirituality in recent years and the way it is nowadays often contrasted with ‘religion’.
- Written by a leading commentator on spirituality, and published in the popular Brief Histories of Religion series.