Spiritual Pilgrimage: Image & Experience

Speaker(s): Maxine Hancock
Date: Fall 2004
Length: 24:30:00
Product ID: RGDL3434S

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The purpose of this course is (1) to introduce a standard work of literature which richly illumines the Christian experience and deeply influences subsequent literature, (2) to encourage a thoughtful exploration of the theme of "spiritual pilgrimage" as explored in more recent literary works, and (3) to enable deeper reflection on personal experience of the Christian life by developing a repertoire of imagery and a range of genres through which to express spiritual experience. Lectures include:

  • Spiritual Pilgrimage: Biblical, Literary, and Historical Roots
  • Mapping the Christian Experience: The Puritan Pattern and Bunyan's Experience
  • Pilgrimage as Allegory: The Pilgrim's Progress Part One
  • Text and Intertext: Marginal Notes as Key to Bunyan's Theological Theme
  • The Pilgrim's Progress Part One: The Shape of the Narrative
  • The Pilgrim's Progress Part Two: The Companionable Journey
  • C.S. Lewis, The Pilgrim's Regress
  • Frederick Buechner, The Sacred Journey
  • Kathleen Norris, Dakota and Cloister Walk, or Peter Jennings, A Walk Across America
  • Poetry of Pilgrimage: Margaret Avison and Denise Levertov
  • Anne Lamott, Travelling Mercies or Lauren F. Winner, Girl Meets God
  • Pilgrimage, Quest, Journey: Interiorizing an Ancient Motif

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Maxine Hancock is Professor Emerita of Interdisciplinary Studies and Spiritual Theology at Regent College. Among her books are several on family relationships, including Living on Less and Liking in More, Re-evaluating Your Commitments and Creative, Confident, Children, as well as a study on John Bunyan in A Key in the Window: Marginal Notes in Bunyan's Narratives. She received the Word Guild's Leslie K. Tarr Award in 1990 for her contribution to Christian writing in Canada, and the Leading Women's Award in Communications and Media in 2004 for her leadership in communicating the Christian faith in Canada.

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