Content

This unit introduces the study of the foundations and characteristics of the spiritual life from an Orthodox Christian perspective. The unit deals with such issues as the relationship between orthodox doctrine, the sacraments and spiritual life. The unit also covers themes such as the relation between divine grace and human struggle; prayer, sin, forgiveness and repentance; purity of heart, discipleship, fellowship and service, sanctification, saints and holiness, asceticism, virginity and monasticism. Every theme starts with a Biblical introduction and foundation and includes selected readings from the patristic and ascetic tradition.

Unit Code: DS1809A

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Describe the key characteristics of spiritual life from an Orthodox perspective

2.

Contrast and compare spiritual life within the Orthodox tradition from other Christian traditions

3.

Explain the Biblical foundations of some of the key patristic and ascetic texts on spiritual life in the studied theme

Unit sequence

Pedagogy

Articles and lecture notes, video lectures and online discussion forums

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

250 word reflection paper

5.0

250 word reflection paper

5.0

250 word reflection paper

5.0

250 word reflection paper

5.0

Major Essay - 1500 words

40.0

Presentation Equivalent to 1500 words

40.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-06 11:07:56 +1000