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By Philip Sheldrake

A short 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, photographs and ancient sessions, displaying how and why spirituality has replaced and built over the centuries
  • Draws out the exact topics of Christian spirituality, exploring the historic and cultural occasions and stories that modified people’s attitudes and practices
  • Coverage extends correct as much as the trendy day, exploring the massive alterations in spirituality lately and how it truly is these days usually contrasted with ‘religion’
  • Written by way of a number one commentator on spirituality, and released within the renowned Brief Histories of Religion series

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He is best known in the West for what is somewhat misleadingly called his ‘‘apophatic (or negative) spirituality’’ expounded in his shortest work, the Mystical Theology, translated into Latin in the ninth century by the Irish theologian John Scotus Eriugena. This stressed divine darkness – that God is ultimately incomprehensible and beyond all names or affirmations. Consequently, God is to be ‘‘known’’ paradoxically by denying or negating all the symbols or images for God that we conventionally use.

19 Because of Gregory of Nyssa’s ‘‘apophatic’’ (that is, imageless) understanding of the climax of the contemplative journey as a deep darkness in which God is experienced but never finally known, there is a certain open-ended quality to his teachings about spiritual transformation. 20 During the Western Middle Ages the conception of the spiritual journey developed strongly in the direction of what became known as the ‘‘three ways’’ or triplex via (purgative, illuminative, and unitive ‘‘ways’’) which, while described in terms of consecutive stages, are more properly interweaving dimensions of transformation.

G. Rom 8, 12–17). The emphasis, therefore, is not so much on Christians ‘‘imitating’’ Christ but on participation in the new life given by God in and through Christ. So Christians are baptized into Christ’s death but equally into new life (Rom 6, 3–4). Finally, this process of being made ‘‘other Christs’’ is not purely individual but in and through membership of Christ’s ‘‘body,’’ that is the community of the Church. 3 Spirituality and the Early Church The development of spirituality in the early Church after New Testament times up to the fifth century was especially Foundations: Scriptures and Early Church 21 associated with four elements.

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