By Philip Sheldrake
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, principles, photographs and ancient sessions, displaying how and why spirituality has replaced and constructed over the centuries
- Draws out the specified topics of Christian spirituality, exploring the historic and cultural occasions and studies 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 truly 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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This baptismal dynamic is renewed and strengthened again and again by the celebration of the Eucharist in early Christian communities. The notion of union with and participation in Jesus Christ is further developed in Paul who also uses the language of adoption – that Christian disciples are now adopted as sons and daughters of God and thus co-heirs to God’s promise in Jesus (Rom 8, 15 and Gal 4, 6). Second, and closely related to this language of participation, is the emphasis on discipleship as membership of a family or community.
On a more positive note, Augustine is also a theologian of desire. ’’13 For Augustine, God created humans with the divine image in their heart. In his Tractates on the Gospel of John Augustine invites us to reconnect with this real self: ‘‘Return to thy heart; see there what, it may be, thou canst perceive of God, for in it is the image of God. In the inner man [sic] dwelleth Christ, in the inner man art thou renewed after the image of God’’14 However, the language of the heart does not imply a privatized spirituality.
At the heart of Mark’s presentation is the cross. Jesus is the suffering Messiah. Jesus’ actions, healings, and teaching can only be understood in the light of the cross. It is therefore not surprising that the Gospel also emphasizes a secrecy surrounding Jesus’ identity and the failure of the disciples to understand him. Just as the real meaning of Jesus’ life, revealed in the passion and resurrection, is properly understood only in hindsight, so the power of God is revealed paradoxically in weakness.
A Brief History of Spirituality by Philip Sheldrake