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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, rules, photos and old sessions, exhibiting how and why spirituality has replaced and constructed over the centuries
  • Draws out the precise issues of Christian spirituality, exploring the old 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 in recent times and how it truly is these days frequently contrasted with ‘religion’
  • Written through a number one commentator on spirituality, and released within the renowned Brief Histories of Religion series

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Together with his sermons, the emphasis of Basil’s writings is a practical-ethical (ascetical) theology of the highest quality. Gregory Nazianzen was also concerned with monastic asceticism (with less emphasis on leaving the city for the ‘‘desert’’ or on the hermit life), but is better known as one of the greatest theologians of the early Church. For Gregory, strongly influenced by Origen’s thought, the spiritual life was a journey away from materiality towards a kind of spiritual luminosity or refinement.

18 Foundations: Scriptures and Early Church In the Luke–Acts tradition, the important themes are God’s faithfulness and the all-embracing or inclusive nature of those who are heirs of God’s promises. With the coming of the Messiah, universal salvation is possible in an age now filled with God’s Spirit. The response is gratitude and joy. This is Jesus’ own attitude. ‘‘Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, ‘I thank you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to infants’ ’’ (Lk 10, 21).

The same dual call to 14 Foundations: Scriptures and Early Church repentance and discipleship is present at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry in the Gospel of Matthew (Mt 4, 17, and 19) and, although expressed differently, is implicit also in the Gospels of Luke and John. In New Testament terms, to become a disciple is not the same as the modern quest, initiated by seekers, for a wise and reliable spiritual teacher who is then selected by the seeker. 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.

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