CHESLYN JONES, GEOFFREY WAINWRIGHT, EDWARD YARNOLD
Title: The Study of Spirituality
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: Used - Good
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA December 1986
0195041704 / 9780195041705
Seller ID: 110986
The Study of Spirituality practically fell off the shelf crying ''take me, read.'' All right then. This remarkably comprehensive survey aims at supplying a theological and historical framework to the ''widespread and sporadic search'' of individuals for a richer spirituality -- inseparable from true communion with God and the lifestyle such a way of being creates. In addition, the editors originally hoped to provide its readers with a fuller background for the Classics of Western Spirituality series, working to remedy what they called the incomplete treatment of the Eastern Orthodox tradition in the preceding liturgical volume. The primary organization is historically chronological, sandwiched between a series of six essays on the theology of spirituality and another set on types of spirituality (as expounded by Richard Niebuhr in his book, Christ and Culture.) Figures and topics within this compendium begin with the biblical and philosophical roots of spirituality (yes, we agree the word's vague, but check out its etymology in the preface) before launching into a fascinating timeline including the Early, Latin and Greek fathers, Celtic and Anglo-Saxon traditions, the Medieval West, Italian, Teutonic and English mystics, Protestant and Catholic Reformations as well as current movements. Launching into the distinguished cast of contributors you'll find Edward Yarnold, Ann and Barry Ulanov, Anthony Meredith, Simon Tugwell, Owen Chadwick, Andrew Louth, Sebastian Brock, Benedicta Ward, Alexander Schmemann and Kallistos Ware. What's remarkable about this gathering is the wider sense it gives to the pursuit of spirituality, which of necessity must be lived within the vocation of the Church as the Kingdom come. Light cover wear and firm binding. Frequent light pencil underlining throughout text. Usual ex-library treatments.