Christian Spirituality: An Introduction

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This text fills the need for a clear, informative, helpful and well-written introduction to Christian spirituality. It introduces this area of Christian theology as a serious and exciting field of study to those encountering it for the first time. It builds on the huge success of earlier texts in the area of Christian thought and practice by the same author, and is based on seven years' experience of teaching its themes. Written in a clear and accessible manner, and tested in the classroom, this text:Adopts the highly-praised educational approach embodied in other bestselling texts by the same author. Avoids a purely historical approach to the subject which students might find unrewarding. Encourages active engagement with primary sources through worked case studies. Includes a major analysis of the relationship between theology and spirituality, focusing on five major themes. Offers complete coverage of the Christian spiritual tradition, including Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Protestantism and Evangelicalism. Includes a guide to resources in spirituality available on the Internet. Can be used for private study or taught courses.

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"This book ably and accurately provides information that will helpthose unfamiliar with the Christian tradition to engage withclassical texts on spirituality." Amy M. Hollywood, Professor ofReligion, Dartmouth College, NewHampshire

"This study really is an 'introduction' and is well suited tothe needs of undergraduate students in universities, theologicalcolleges, and seminaries. The book will also be useful for adulteducation courses, and will appeal in addition to a more generalreadership. There is a need for a reliable, basic, introductorytextbook like this that doesn't make too many assumptions about itsreaders." Philip Sheldrake, Vice-Principal, Sarum College, Salisbury

"I am sure that this book will have a wide readership, particularly among theologians and students of theology. It shouldalso have a wider readership among Christians more generally.Existing works of spirituality often have limited scope and makeassumptions about their readers' knowledge. The author's concern tofill gaps and provide adequate explanations and contexts isadmirable." Robert Swanson, Reader in Medieval History, University of Birmingham

"[The book's] considerable advantage in accessibility and in thestructured ordering of ideas makes it ideal as an undergraduatetextbook or a committed interest-reader's introduction. It includesfrequent invitations and injunctions to read and explore moredeeply. The book is written with superb clarity and veryconsiderable breadth of reference...As a working textbook, this haseverything one could wish for: interaction with the reader in theform of suggested tasks and internal cross-references; goodmanagement of the interrelationship with theology and clarificationof terms; window-box texts; a glossary; a list of websites. Foruniversity courses and libraries this is a must. For enquirers itis a scholarly and accessible guide." International Journal ofChildren's Spirituality

"This book is highly recommended as a college or seminarytextbook on the spiritual life or sanctification. In addition, anyone interested in delving into the tradition of Christianspirituality will find this a useful guide." BibliothecaSacra

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Alister E. McGrath is Principal of Wycliffe College, Oxford. His previous publications include Science and Religion (Blackwell Publishers, 1998), The Foundations of Dialogue in Science and Religion (Blackwell Publishers,1998), An Introduction to Christianity (Blackwell Publishers, 1997), Christian Theology: An Introduction, Second Edition (Blackwell Publishers, 1997) and The Christian Theology Reader (Blackwell Publishers, 1996), amongst many others.

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