Christian Spirituality

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
COURSE UNIT 467

UNIT DESCRIPTION

This unit begins with an introduction to the main spiritual streams that have been present within the Christian faith. It looks at spirituality in the gospels and in the early church. The main traditions examined and evaluated are evangelical spirituality, Ignatian spirituality, mystical and contemplative streams of spirituality, The Orthodox tradition, Franciscan spirituality and the social justice tradition, Celtic spirituality, and holiness and Pentecostal/charismatic spirituality. Several major figures in who have shaped these traditions are studied – for example Francis of Assisi, Julian of Norwich, Ignatius Loyola and John Wesley. Consideration is also given to a number of specific topics in the area of spirituality experience such as the dark night of the soul, the keeping of a journal, spiritual direction and sacramental practice. The tradition of Black spirituality is examined. In connection with Julian of Norwich and the mystical tradition, the question of women and spiritual experience is considered. There is an introduction to the subject of personality and its relationship to spiritual development. In the course of looking at these topics, connections are made with the needs of the contemporary Church.

Aims

To understand the forms that Christian spirituality has taken within the main traditions of the Christian Church and to experience and assess their application in contemporary Christian practice.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the history of Christian spirituality
Intellectual skills
  • identify, analyse and evaluate central issues in the practice of Christian spirituality
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • identify specific ways in which forms and practices in the area of spirituality can be implemented in the mission and ministry of the contemporary church
  • implement spiritual practices

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
  • An essay plan

n/a
Summative:
  • An essay
  • A reflective journal

4000 words
2000 words

100%
pass / fail
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Christian Spirituality

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
Course Unit 467

Credits:

30

Level:

7

Hours of Learning:

300

Tutor:

Dr Peter J. Morden

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