A Brief History of Spirituality by Philip Sheldrake

By Philip Sheldrake

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

  • Charts the most figures, principles, photos and ancient classes, displaying how and why spirituality has replaced and built over the centuries
  • Draws out the specific subject matters of Christian spirituality, exploring the ancient and cultural occasions and stories that modified people’s attitudes and practices
  • Coverage extends correct as much as the fashionable day, exploring the massive alterations in spirituality lately and how it's these days frequently contrasted with ‘religion’
  • Written through a number one commentator on spirituality, and released within the renowned Brief Histories of Religion series

Show description

Read Online or Download A Brief History of Spirituality PDF

Similar religion & spirituality books

Two Sources of Indian Asceticism

This booklet is an try at a reconstruction of the YOgacara subjective idealism and an exhaustive feedback of it by way of various faculties of Indian realism. The exposition of the doctrine relies at the works of Santaraksita and Kamalasila and the critics of Vijnanavada. regularly the exposition and feedback of the doctrine by way of each eminent philosopher were given individually.

Religion as a conversation starter: interreligious dialogue for peacebuilding in the Balkans

Faith as a talk Starter is the 1st finished research of the current country of interreligious discussion for peacebuilding in Southeast Europe. it truly is in accordance with empirically grounded and policy-oriented examine, performed in the course of the Balkans. The research maps contemporary interreligious kinfolk during this a part of the area, throwing mild on either the achievements and demanding situations of interreligious discussion for peacebuilding particularly, and delivering a collection of up to date coverage concepts, while contributing to a better realizing of the neighborhood particularities and the way they relate to broader tendencies transnationally.

Miracle money

Skinny alternate dimension Paperback with 32 pages. stories from those who have obtained Miracle cash from God. Envelope for donation to ministry nonetheless intact

History of the conflict between religion and science

The scientist John William Draper and the author Andrew Dickson White have been the main influential exponents of the clash Thesis among faith and technological know-how. within the early 1870s, Draper used to be invited to put in writing a background of the clash among faith and technological know-how (1874), a booklet replying to modern matters in Roman Catholicism, reminiscent of the doctrine of papal infallibility, and in general criticising what he claimed to be anti-intellectualism within the Catholic culture, but assessing that Islam and Protestantism had little clash with technological know-how.

Additional resources for A Brief History of Spirituality

Example text

Third, the expanding Christian community increasingly confronted internal controversies and was forced to address the need for greater doctrinal precision. Fourth, particularly in the aftermath of Christianity’s adoption of a public role, the ascetical and counter-cultural tendency within Christianity found expression increasingly in the development of monastic ways of life. 4 Liturgy In very broad terms, the vast majority of evidence we have for early forms of spirituality is in written texts.

3 The Monastic Paradigm: 300–1150 43 Egyptian Monasticism Egypt was where monasticism emerged in an organized sense. Yet even here the movement remained essentially a lay one. The reasons for the emergence of monastic life in Egypt include local factors. There was a major economic crisis in third- and fourth-century Egypt and this may have driven numbers of people to seek alternative lifestyles away from the cities. However, in the case of St Antony (died c. 356), who came to be known as the ‘‘father of monasticism,’’ the famous Life by Athanasius of Alexandria suggests that the inspiration was purely spiritual.

Because the spiritualities of the New Testament are unavoidably first-century documents they are therefore context-specific. Consequently when any subsequent spiritual movement or tradition refers to scriptural foundations this is always an act of reinterpretation within a different and specific religious and cultural context. With this caveat, it is nevertheless possible to say that, taken as a whole, the scriptural foundations of Christian spirituality suggest a way of transformation towards fullness of life in God and at the same time a way of mission through following the way of Jesus and by means of the power of God’s indwelling Spirit.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.01 of 5 – based on 11 votes