By Philip Sheldrake
A quick 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, pictures and ancient sessions, exhibiting how and why spirituality has replaced and constructed over the centuriesDraws out the precise subject matters of Christian spirituality, exploring the old and cultural occasions and studies that modified people’s attitudes and practicesCoverage extends correct as much as the trendy day, exploring the massive adjustments in spirituality lately and how it really is these days frequently contrasted with ‘religion’Written by means of a number one commentator on spirituality, and released within the well known short Histories of faith sequence
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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. Transformation and mission are therefore key ideas for understanding Christian spirituality although, as we shall see, these dual elements are expressed differently in the various styles of spirituality.
Fifth, despite this positive view of the material world as a revelation of the sacred, a Christian understanding of God’s creativity and relationship to humanity is not naively optimistic. It recognizes disorder and sin in the world. Consequently, God’s relationship to humanity is also seen as redemptive. That is, in Jesus Christ, God is said to confront human disorder with a call to repentance yet at the same time is portrayed as promising ultimate restoration. The Christian disciple is called both to conversion and to follow in the way of Jesus Christ.
Slowly it came to be associated with those Christians who had suffered hardship for their faith and eventually was limited to those who suffered death. The classic model for the latter referred back to the Book of Acts and the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr (Acts 7), but the main reference was to the death of Jesus himself, whose death was deemed to be the pattern of all subsequent martyrdom. Thus martyrdom became the ultimate symbol of faithful Christian discipleship and thus of Christian holiness.
A Brief History of Spirituality (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion) by Philip Sheldrake