Embodying Wisdom: Philosophical and Psychological Approaches to Christian Spirituality
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This module introduces students to the key ideas and personalities that constitute the foundations and forms of Christian Spirituality up to the end of the eighteenth century. It will look at a number of spiritual traditions within Christianity and enable students to place them in their historical and philosophical contexts. Students will become aware of the problems we face in matters of interpretation when dealing with classical spiritual texts and will be encouraged to apply a range of interpretative methods to the texts to which they are introduced.
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The search for ‘spirituality’ is one of the most striking aspects of our contemporary Western culture. Many people seek greater spiritual depth to their lives within a secular, materialist and postmodern culture and frequently this does not involve an institutional religious commitment. At the same time, the word ‘spirituality’ is increasingly used in discussions about public life, for example, in education, healthcare or business. Contemporary debates about the nature of spirituality thus offer an important point of contact between people of different faith traditions and between sacred and secular worldviews. This module explores expressions of spirituality in contemporary society through a variety of different disciplinary approaches and seeks to bring Christian spirituality into a fruitful dialogue with non-Christian perspectives.