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By Philip Sheldrake

A short background of Spirituality tells the tale of Christian spirituality from its origins within the New testomony to the current day.

  • Charts the most figures, rules, pictures and historic classes, exhibiting how and why spirituality has replaced and built over the centuries
  • Draws out the precise topics of Christian spirituality, exploring the old and cultural occasions and reviews that modified people’s attitudes and practices
  • Coverage extends correct as much as the fashionable day, exploring the large alterations in spirituality lately and how it truly is these days frequently contrasted with ‘religion’
  • Written by means of a number one commentator on spirituality, and released within the renowned Brief Histories of Religion series

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Not only did Arianism hold that Jesus Christ was not divine but it also implied that there was no real relationship between God and humanity. The end and purpose of human life was not participation in the life of God. The only relationship humans have with God is as slaves to a distant, cold tyrant. ’’ Later the Council of Chalcedon in 451 condemned the opposite (supposedly Monophysite) view that Christ was solely divine and not human. On the contrary, Chalcedon affirmed, Christ had two natures and was paradoxically both truly God and truly human without resolving precisely how this could be understood.

Third, the expanding Christian community increasingly confronted internal controversies and was forced to address the need for greater doctrinal precision. Fourth, particularly in the aftermath of Christianity’s adoption of a public role, the ascetical and counter-cultural tendency within Christianity found expression increasingly in the development of monastic ways of life. 4 Liturgy In very broad terms, the vast majority of evidence we have for early forms of spirituality is in written texts.

A number of key personalities in Eastern and Western Christian thought stand out in the early centuries as having a particularly strong influence on Christian spirituality. 9 Origen Origen of Alexandria (c. 185–c. 10 This was attained through ethical purification from everything that stands in the way Foundations: Scriptures and Early Church 27 of desire for union, through contemplation and through a mystical exegesis of the Christian scriptures. Basing himself on the classic Neoplatonist three-fold hierarchy of existence and knowledge, Origen suggested both a three-fold contemplative model of scripture interpretation (literal, moral, and spiritual) and a three-fold ascending pattern for spiritual progress associated with beginners (praxis), proficients (theo¯ria), and the perfect (theologia).

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