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By Philip Sheldrake

ISBN-10: 1405117702

ISBN-13: 9781405117708

ISBN-10: 1405117710

ISBN-13: 9781405117715

A short background of Spirituality tells the tale of Christian spirituality from its origins within the New testomony to the current day.

  • Charts the most figures, rules, photos and historic classes, displaying how and why spirituality has replaced and constructed over the centuries
  • Draws out the certain subject matters of Christian spirituality, exploring the old and cultural occasions and stories that modified people’s attitudes and practices
  • Coverage extends correct as much as the fashionable day, exploring the large adjustments in spirituality in recent times and how it's these days frequently contrasted with ‘religion’
  • Written through a number one commentator on spirituality, and released within the well known Brief Histories of Religion series

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This clearly does not and cannot express a rounded picture of the spiritual life of an average Christian community. For one thing, this kind of evidence often excludes women (who were rarely literate at this time) and their activity and contribution to early Christianity. Then, while early liturgical texts do survive, the writings on the whole do not really describe the actual experience of worship in the early communities or their day to day existence, let alone the inner or devotional life of individual Christians.

Rom 8, 12–17). The emphasis, therefore, is not so much on Christians ‘‘imitating’’ Christ but on participation in the new life given by God in and through Christ. So Christians are baptized into Christ’s death but equally into new life (Rom 6, 3–4). Finally, this process of being made ‘‘other Christs’’ is not purely individual but in and through membership of Christ’s ‘‘body,’’ that is the community of the Church. 3 Spirituality and the Early Church The development of spirituality in the early Church after New Testament times up to the fifth century was especially Foundations: Scriptures and Early Church 21 associated with four elements.

G. Acts 1, 8). Slowly it came to be associated with those Christians who had suffered hardship for their faith and eventually was limited to those who suffered death. The classic model for the latter referred back to the Book of Acts and the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr (Acts 7), but the main reference was to the death of Jesus himself, whose death was deemed to be the pattern of all subsequent martyrdom. Thus martyrdom became the ultimate symbol of faithful Christian discipleship and thus of Christian holiness.

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