Following on from DS1001C this unit will acquaint students with some significant examples of Christian literature from the Reformation of the 16th Century to the present. The focus will be on the study of these texts in their theological and cultural settings. The impact and aftermath of Vatican II on the development of Christian Spirituality will be considered. Students will be required to experience some contemporary expressions or aspects of this subject. Examples of texts studied may include: • Reformation Period: Thomas More, Erasmus, Francis de Sales; • Classical Spanish School: Teresa of Avila of John of the Cross; • Classical French School: J.P. de Caussade • Modern English Writers: Selected poetry, John Chapman, John Henry Newman and the modern English writers such as Evelyn Underhill, Dorothy L. Sayers and C.S. Lewis • Modern Catholic Writers: Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Teilhard de Chardin, Karl Rahner • Modern Protestants: Dietrich Bonhoeffer • Aspects of the documents of Vatican II and its impact to the present.

Unit Code: DS1002C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify and discuss a representative selection of spiritual texts from the Reformation to the present


Describe the particular areas of Christian spirituality that were developed by some leading authors and texts during this period


Demonstrate the relationship between the writings and the wider cultural context.


Demonstrate how these writings relate to contemporary expressions of Christian Spirituality.


Evaluate ways in which the Christian Spiritual tradition and its contemporary expressions can influence the life of the individual.


Lecture, workshops


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Text study – 500 words

500 10.0

Essay – 1500 words

1500 40.0

Report on Experiences – 500 words

500 10.0
Written Examination

Examination (1.5 hours) – 1500 words

1500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-06 09:34:07 +1000