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A Short History of Christian Spirituality

A Short History of Christian Spirituality
Edward Howells

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What is `spirituality'? For some people today it means a search for relationship with `the divine'. For others, it signifies an existential journey into the deepest reaches of the self. As Edward Howells reveals, in his engaging new survey of mystical belief, Christian spirituality was once understood to be quite distinct from individual experience, whether inward or outward looking. But more often it now points to something experiential, albeit with Christian trappings, and focused on personal `development'. The author here explains the great age of Christian mysticism as an activity concerned, not with transcendent self-understanding, but above all with seeking a presence of God in the world. Tracing the history of spirituality from Augustine to modernity, Howells carefully explains the thought of key figures like Dionysius the Areopagite, Origen of Alexandria, Bernard of Clairvaux, Hadewicjh, Meister Eckhart, Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross. He shows that, in Christian history, spirituality was never some rarefied, esoteric activity but something workaday: about putting an idea of God at the centre of all reality.

Author Info

Edward Howells is Senior Lecturer in Christian Spirituality at Heythrop College, University of London. His previous books are Sources of Transformation: Revitalising Christian Spirituality (edited with Peter Tyler, 2010) and John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila: Mystical Knowing and Selfhood (2002).

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: I.B.Tauris Short Histories

ISBN: 9781788312134
Publication Date: 18 Dec 2018
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 30 black and white integrated illustrations and 1 map

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