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 classes, displaying how and why spirituality has replaced and constructed over the centuries
- Draws out the particular issues of Christian spirituality, exploring the ancient and cultural occasions and reports that modified people’s attitudes and practices
- Coverage extends correct as much as the trendy day, exploring the large alterations in spirituality in recent times and how it truly is these days usually contrasted with ‘religion’
- Written via a number one commentator on spirituality, and released within the well known Brief Histories of Religion series
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These were passed on in oral fashion and later written down (the Apophthegmata Patrum) during the fifth century. 5 These writings record a period of informality. 6 The Monastic Paradigm: 300–1150 45 The early desert ascetics were motivated by a desire to live the life demanded of all Christians – but they did so with particular intensity. What they sought was simply the way to salvation. ’’ The latter took off his habit, girded his loins and raised his hands to heaven, saying, ‘‘So should the monk be: denuded of all the things of this world, and crucified.
Nor is it a matter of choosing to sit at the feet of such a teacher until we have gained enough autonomous wisdom of our own to move on. Jesus is recorded as choosing and then calling his own disciples (Mk 1, 16–20; Mt 4, 18–22; Lk 5, 1–11; 1 Jn, 35–42). This involves four things. First, discipleship is not selfchosen but is a response to a call or, put more theologically, it is a response to God’s grace. Second, the identity and title of ‘‘disciple’’ is not given because of social status or because of some kind of religious or moral perfection.
Third, and closely related to this, is a belief that God’s engagement with humanity is 38 Foundations: Scriptures and Early Church expressed particularly by God taking on human embodied existence in the person of Jesus Christ (the Incarnation). This makes all Christian spiritual traditions Christ-centered in differing ways. A fundamental framework for understanding Christian spirituality is ‘‘discipleship’’ which implies conversion and following a way of life in the pattern of Jesus Christ. Fourth, consequently, Christian spirituality, when it is true to its foundations, has a positive view of the material world and of the body.