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Spirituality: A Brief History (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion)


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Engagingly written by one of the world’s leading scholars, this comprehensively expanded edition tells the story of Christian spirituality from its origins in the New Testament right up to the present day. It charts the main figures, ideas, images and historical periods, showing how and why spirituality has changed and developed over the centuries. Sheldrake deftly extracts the distinctive themes of Christian spirituality, exploring the historical and cultural experiences that changed people’s attitudes and practices.

New to the second edition are chapters on the nature and meaning of spirituality, and 21st century features of spirituality across the world; and an account of the development and core features of devotional spirituality. Sections on mysticism, its relationship to spirituality, the key mystical figures, and the development of ideas of ‘the mystical’ are all expanded. It also offers a fascinating insight into Christian spirituality’s relationship to other faiths throughout history, and their influence and impact on Christian beliefs and practices. The result is a lively and informative introduction to the varieties of Christian spirituality across the globe and throughout the ages.

About the Author

Philip Sheldrake is Senior Research Fellow at the Cambridge Theological Federation, UK, regularly a visiting professor in the USA, and a former president of the International Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. He is the author of numerous books including Explorations in Spirituality: History, Theology & Social Practice (2010), Spaces for the Sacred: Place, Memory & Identity (2001), and Living between Worlds: Place and Journey in Celtic Christianity (1997).

Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 What is Spirituality? 1

Origins of the Word “Spirituality” 2

Contemporary Meaning 3

What is Christian Spirituality? 6

Spirituality and Mysticism 7

The Study of Spirituality 9

Spirituality and History 11

Interpretation 12

Types of Spirituality 15

Periods and Traditions 17

Conclusion: Criteria of Judgment 18

2 Foundations: Scriptures and Early Church 23

Christian Spirituality and the Scriptures 24

Scriptural Markers 25

Spirituality in the New Testament 27

Spirituality and the Early Church 30

Liturgy 31

Spirituality and Martyrdom 32

Shrines, Devotion, and Pilgrimage 33

Spirituality and Doctrine 34

Origen 35

Evagrius 36

The Cappadocians 36

Augustine 37

Pseudo-Dionysius 38

Christian Spirituality as Transformation and Mission 39

Theories of Spiritual Transformation 41

Conclusion 43

3 Monastic Spiritualities: 300–1150 47

The Emergence of Monasticism 50

Widows and Virgins 50

Syrian Ascetics 51

Egyptian Monasticism 52

Wisdom of the Desert 53

Monastic Rules 56

Benedictine Expansion 59

The New Hermits 61

The Cistercians 63

The Spiritual Values of Monasticism 65

Spirituality and the Conversion of Europe 67

Local Spiritualities: Ireland 68

Spirituality in the East 70

Syriac Spirituality 73

Conclusion 74

4 Spirituality in the City: 1150–1450 79

The Gregorian Reform 80

Apocalyptic Movements 81

The Vita Evangelica 82

Twelfth-Century Renaissance 83

The Rebirth of Cities 84

Cathedrals and Urban Vision 85

The City as Sacred 86

Universities as Sacred Space 87

Vita Evangelica and Urban Sensibilities 88

The Mendicant Movement 89

Dominic, Francis, Clare, and Bonaventure 90

The Beguines 94

Fourteenth-Century Mysticism 96

Julian of Norwich 98

Crossing Spiritual Boundaries: The Influence of Islam 100

Devotional Spirituality 101

Spirituality and Eastern Christianity 102

The Renaissance 104

Conclusion 106

5 Spiritualities in the Age of Reformations: 1450–1700 110

Seeds of Reform: The Devotio Moderna

and Christian Humanism 113

The Crisis of Medieval Spirituality 114

Spirituality and the Lutheran Reformation 115

John Calvin and Reformed Spirituality 117

The Radical Reformation: Anabaptist Spirituality 118

Anglican Spirituality 120

George Herbert 121

Puritan Spirituality 124

Early Quakers 125

The Catholic Reformation 126

The New Orders 126

Ignatius Loyola and Early Ignatian Spirituality 126

Spirituality Beyond Europe 131

Carmelite Mysticism 133

Lay Devotion 135

Seventeenth-Century French Spirituality 137

Russian Spirituality 140

Conclusion 141

6 Spirituality in an Age of Reason: 1700–1900 145

Spirituality in the Roman Catholic Tradition 148

Pietism 150

Wesleyan Spirituality 151

American Puritanism and the Great Awakening 153

Shaker Spirituality 154

Orthodox Spirituality 156

Post-Revolutionary Catholicism 159

The English Evangelicals 161

The Oxford Movement 164

John Henry Newman 166

A Distinctive “American Spirituality” 167

Conclusion 170

7 Modernity to Postmodernity: 1900–2000 173

The Impact on Spirituality 175

The Prophetic-Critical Type 175

Charles de Foucauld (1858–1916) 176

Evelyn Underhill (1875–1941) 177

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945) 179

Simone Weil (1909–1943) 181

Dorothy Day (1897–1980) 183

Thomas Merton (1915–1968) 184

Spiritualities of Liberation 186

Gustavo Gutiérrez (1928–) 186

Feminist Spirituality 188

Spiritualities of Reconciliation 190

Ecumenical Spirituality: The Example of Taizé 192

Spirituality and Inter-Religious Dialogue: Bede Griffiths 193

Eastern Orthodox Spirituality 195

Making Spirituality Democratic: The Retreat Movement 197

Making Spirituality Democratic: Pentecostal

and Charismatic Spirituality 199

Conclusion 200

8 Twenty-First Century Trajectories 203

Will Christian Spiritualities Survive? 203

A Globalized World 205

Cyberspace 206

Inter-Religious Encounter 208

Christian Spirituality and Secular Spirituality 210

Spirituality, Business, and Economics 210

Spirituality and Healthcare 213

Spirituality and the Meaning of Cities 216

The Spiritual and the Spatial 217

The Spiritual and Urban Virtues 218

Other Factors? 219

The Contemporary Turn to Practice 220

Conclusion 222

Select Bibliography 223

Select Glossary 232

Index 240

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Sheldrake, Philip
Christian spirituality, New Testament, mysticism, pastoral theology, history of Christianity
Religion Comparative-General
Christian spirituality, New Testament, myst
icism, pastoral theology, history of Christianity
Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion
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