By Philip Sheldrake
A short background of Spirituality tells the tale of Christian spirituality from its origins within the New testomony to the current day.Charts the most figures, rules, photographs and old sessions, exhibiting how and why spirituality has replaced and built over the centuriesDraws out the targeted topics of Christian spirituality, exploring the ancient and cultural occasions and stories that modified people’s attitudes and practicesCoverage extends correct as much as the trendy day, exploring the large 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 well known short Histories of faith sequence
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Did . . ’’8 At an early stage, Christianity had to contend with what came to be called Gnosticism. This was a tendency that took a variety of forms rather than a coherent movement. The title itself reflects the Greek word gnosis, knowledge. The implication was that true knowledge of God was reserved to some special band of initiates. In addition there were suggestions that material existence was a result of sin and that humans have a spiritual element that is trapped in the material body but really belongs to another world.
He was a strong proponent of the orthodox party against Arianism and presided over the Council of Constantinople (381). One of his major contributions to the alliance of doctrine and spirituality was his highly developed theology of the Holy Spirit within his conception of the Trinity. ’’ Deification describes the notion that human destiny is to share in God’s life of immortal glory not by nature or by will but by the work of the Spirit within. Gregory of Nyssa is perhaps best known as a spiritual theologian of the highest quality, not least through his text of mystical theology, The Life of Moses.
12 Augustine Augustine of Hippo (354–430) was without doubt the greatest thinker of Western Christianity in the early period and his writings have dominated Western theology and spirituality ever since. His spiritual autobiography, the Confessions, has had a particular impact. This work offers an account of Augustine’s early life, his inner conflict as he struggled with a desire both for God and for personal pleasure, and his conversion. The most relevant fact about Augustine is that he wrote in the context of a Western Roman Empire in the process of terminal decay.