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Christian Spirituality

 

SRD100 - Christian Spirituality *

Course Author: David Walker
 
Basic features of Christian spirituality; the theological foundations of spirituality; a study of the Christian virtues; the life of prayer.
 

SRD115 - The Rosary

Course Author: Matthew Del Nevo
Prerequisite: SRD100

 
An inspirational examination of this traditional and beloved Catholic devotion and its Orthodox antecedents; historical introduction to the importance of Marian devotion and extracts from some the best Christian literature on the Rosary itself.
 

SRD110 - Prayer and Prayerfulness

Course Author: Matthew Del Nevo
Prerequisite: SRD100

 
A course of short readings which instructively describe the traditional Catholic understanding of the act of prayer. The readings will help personal prayer and give grounding for further study of the writings of saints and mystics on prayer.
 

SRD151 - John Cassian

Course Author: David Walker
Prerequisite: SRD100

 
Basic features of the contribution made by the early monastic movement to Christian theology and spirituality and specifically that of John Cassian; the Desert Fathers movement – its anthropology, psychology and Christology; Christian growth patterns; prayer.
 

SRD152 - The Cloud of Unknowing

Course Author: David Walker
Prerequisite: SRD100

 
Basic features of the spiritual teaching of the author of The Cloud; contemplative prayer and the life and discipline associated with it; how the Christian theological truths are lived by those who have come to a contemplative experience of God; the contribution of the mysticism of fourteenth century England.


SRD156 - The Confessions of Augustine

Course Author: David Walker
Prerequisite: SRD100

 
Augustine’s story of his conversion; his attitude to key theological questions, eg. God, evil; his appreciation of the spiritual journey.
 

SRD157 - Teresa of Avila

Course Author: David Walker
Prerequisite: SRD100

 
An examination of the contribution of the first woman to be declared a Doctor of the Church – the basic features of the theology and spirituality of Teresa of Avila; a unique feminine insight into Teresa’s experience of God and the Christian life as found in her writings.
 

SRD158 - John of the Cross – The Spiritual Canticle

Course Author: David Walker
Prerequisite: SRD100

 
The framework of John’s theology and spirituality; his anthropology; his contribution to understanding the spiritual journey; an existential presentation of the principal elements of the Christian mystery.
 

SRD159 - Julian of Norwich

Course Author: Austin Cooper
Prerequisite: SRD100

 
Introduction to a classic of English medieval spirituality in the writing of Julian of Norwich; the historical and ecclesial context of the author; a careful reading of the text will reveal the author’s insights, especially with reference to the divine nature, human nature, sin and redemption.

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