Foundations of Christian Spirituality: Readings in the Tradition of Christian Spirituality

Speaker(s): Christopher Hall
Date: July 3 - 14, 2006
Length: 15:19:34
Product ID: RGDL3627S

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What is the shape of spirituality in the Christian tradition? How have believers in the church throughout its history responded to the call to prayer, meditation, the study of Scripture, spiritual conflict and the reality of suffering and evil in the world? In this course we will read classic texts by both men and women - from patristic, medieval, reformation and modern periods - that deal with these central questions of Christian spirituality. We will learn to read devotionally, seeking to foster a deeper life of prayer from what we have read together. Lectures include:

  • Preliminary Considerations: Introduction to Devotional Reading
  • Introduction to Chrysostom's On the Priesthood
  • Bernard of Clairvaux: "The Steps of Humility and Pride"
  • Julian of Norwich: Showings (2 Lectures)
  • John Owen: Triumph Over Temptation
  • Mother Teresa: Total Surrender and Video Remarks

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Christopher A. Hall is dean of the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvannia where he has been teaching in the biblical and theological studies program. He is also associate editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: The Gospel of Mark (with Thomas C. Oden), Reading the Scriptures with the Fathers, and Studying Theology with the Church Fathers.

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