Spirituality 2

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
COURSE UNIT 264 - 8264


The unit builds on the introductory unit 162 Spirituality by considering some of the main streams of spirituality that have moulded the Christian church.  Different spiritualities are considered such as evangelical spirituality, Pentecostal approaches, mystical and contemplative streams, Eastern Orthodox spirituality, Black spiritualities and Celtic traditions.  Different streams and approaches are contrasted and critically evaluated, and the relationship between personality and spirituality is analysed.  Extracts from primary texts from some of the different traditions are studied. 


To consider in detail some of the different traditions of Christian spirituality and their relevance to contemporary Christianity.


Category of outcome

By the end of this unit students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

·         Demonstrate an understanding of how spirituality has been practised in different traditions of the Christian church

Intellectual skills

·         Evaluate the relevance of these different streams to the practice of Christianity in a variety of different contexts today

Practical and Transferable skills; Personal qualities

·         Identify and implement approaches to Christian spirituality that will assist in their own spiritual growth


Assessment task


Weighting within unit



500 words

2000 words




·         264:

·         8264:

An essay plan

An essay



2500 words

2000 words






·         264:

·         8264:

An essay

An essay

and a learning journal*


* Distance learning students are required to pass this element. So long as this element has been passed, they will be eligible for compensation if the overall unit mark is within the compensation zone (30-39%), and the compensatable credit allowance as set out in the Degree Regulations has not been exceeded.




Available on which programme(s)?

BA in Theology


t.b.a. (taught from 2016)

Teaching method

Interactive lectures

Additional eLearning content

Unit materials are available at Spurgeon’s Online to support student learning


Written feedback to students within 15 working days from submission

Date of approval (for office use)


Information updated on

December 2015

Indicative reading

Alfeyev, Hilarion, The Mystery of Faith: An Introduction to the Teachings and Spirituality of the Orthodox Church  (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2002)

Anderson, Allen, An Introduction to Pentecostalism: Global Charismatic Christianity, 2nd edn (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Chandler, Diane J., Christian Spiritual Formation: An Integrated Approach for Personal and Relational Wholeness (Downers Grove, IL: Inter Varsity Press, 2014)

Morden, Peter J., ‘Communion with Christ and his People’: The Spirituality of C.H. Spurgeon (1834-92) (Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2010 / Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2014)

Mursell, Gordon, English Spirituality. [Vol.1]: From Earliest Times to 1700 (London: SPCK, 2001)

Mursell, Gordon, English Spirituality. [Vol.2]: From 1700 to the Present Day (London: SPCK, 2001)

Peterson, Eugene H., Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 2005)

Randall, Ian M., What a Friend we Have in Jesus: The Evangelical Tradition (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2005)

Ranft, Patricia, Women and Spiritual Equality in Christian Tradition (Basingstoke: MacMillan, 2000)

Sheldrake, Philip, Spirituality and History (London: SCM, 1991)

Sheldrake, Philip (ed.), The New SCM Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (London: SCM, 2004-5)

Windeatt, Barry, English Mystics of the Middle Ages (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994)

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Spirituality 2

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 264 - 8264





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