This is the third course in a series that explores the historical development of Christian spirituality. The course focuses on the evolution of the spiritual tradition from the post-reformation period through to the present in both the Eastern and Western expressions of Christianity. It seeks to introduce some of the major texts, themes, figures and issues in the evolution of the Christian spiritual tradition as well as to familiarize participants with basic methodological questions in the academic discipline of Christian spirituality as it relates to biblical, theological and contemporary social scientific studies. Topics include the rise of the Ignatian and Carmelite movements, Pietism and Puritan spirituality, the Wesleyan movement, the revival of Hesychasm and contemplative spirituality, Afro-American spirituality, Pentecostalism, feminist/womanist spiritualities, and eco-spirituality. Teaching methods: lectures, seminars. Means of evaluation: two reading summaries/presentations, one mid-term focus paper, one research/synthesis paper, class attendance and participation. No-prerequisites required for enrollment.
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