A Brief History of Spirituality (Blackwell Brief Histories by Philip Sheldrake

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 classes, displaying how and why spirituality has replaced and built over the centuriesDraws out the exact topics of Christian spirituality, exploring the ancient and cultural occasions and reports that modified people’s attitudes and practicesCoverage extends correct as much as the fashionable day, exploring the large alterations in spirituality in recent times and how it truly 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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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. This also places the cross at the heart of the spirituality derived from this Gospel.

The four gospels, for example, are creative re-workings of earlier oral or perhaps written traditions about Jesus that the gospel writers then allowed to interact with the contexts and needs of their specific audiences. This explains the considerable differences of emphasis alongside the sense of a common tradition about the person, teachings, and ultimate significance of Jesus Christ. The New Testament, therefore, includes four gospels (and the Acts of the Apostles linked to the Gospel of Luke), a range of letters, and the apocalyptic Book of Revelation.

Finally, what is the purpose or end-point of transformation? In other words, what is the vision of holiness and human completeness? 2006 10:32am Theories of Spiritual Transformation At this point it is worth summarizing some of the classic theories of spiritual growth. Different spiritual traditions have offered various theories of spiritual transformation and wisdom about the lifestyles or spiritual practices that assist transformation. One of the most widespread images is that of a pilgrimage or a journey with various stages or dimensions.

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