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: DS8800A

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

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.

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

4.

Evaluate the relationship between orthodox doctrine, the sacraments and spiritual life

Pedagogy

Lectures, seminars, tutorials

Assessments

Name Description Weight (%)
Essay

Written Assessment Task 1000 words

20.0
Essay

Written Assessment Task 3000 words

50.0
Oral Presentation

Presentation equivalent to 2000 words

30.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 3 Aug, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-14 07:21:52 +1000