Content

This subject explores the quest for “fullness of life” in classic Christian spiritual writings. It sets the sources in the context of the writers’ own times in order to consider images of God, and corresponding understandings of holiness and faithful living, that have informed the Christian community. Discussion is focussed around “desert”, “cloister”, and “marketplace” as distinctive but related locations for and styles of Christian spirituality, each with Australian dimensions and implications. We will use the tools of social and cultural history to examine the interconnectedness of “spirituality” and “doctrine”, and to explore the methodological challenges of holding together “love” and “knowledge” as partners in a Christian understanding of “fullness of life”.

Unit Code: CH9009P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Identify key writers and prevailing themes within a broad chronology of Christian spirituality

2.

Set those key writers and themes in the context of the international literature on the history of Christian spirituality

3.

Draw appropriately on a range of historical sources to develop historical and theological arguments

4.

Analyse and articulate the relationship between theological and spiritual concerns in the work of at least one writer in the Christian tradition

5.

Analyse and articulate the relationship between theological and spiritual concerns in a sample of contemporary writing

Pedagogy

Lectures, seminars, tutorial discussion

Assessments

Name Description Weight (%)
Essay

Historical source analysis (1000 words)

20.0
Essay

Contemporary source analysis (1000 words)

20.0
Essay

Research essay (4,000 words)

60.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-27 15:43:05 +1100