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Spirituality and History: Questions of Interpretation and Method Paperback – 11 Jan 1996


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing; 2nd Revised edition edition (11 Jan 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281049254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281049257
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,070,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christina M on 11 Dec 2009
Format: Paperback
Excellent book for students who are studying spirituality, and want to know how to use in an effective way history facts in the study of christian spirituality.
In my opinion the best chapters are the nature of history, spirituality and the process of history, and the chapter 7, interpreting Spiritual texts. This last one chapter is very useful again for students who have to give revision or write about specific spiritual texts. A good manual book!
Even if i think the book is jargon free, still some knowledge about academic christian spiritual is necessary, otherwise the reader will be lost. The other negative point in my opinion is that there is no good flow between the chapters, and so the attention can be lost very quickly.
otherwise a book to recommend...
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This is an academic book on the subject of spirituality, well written and accessible if like me you are starting to study the subject.
The book is divided into three parts, namely the history, case studies, and finally interpretation of texts and traditions. This is a complex subject - and one which needs careful analysis of exactly what we are talking about. Sheldrake has this interpretation or part of an interpretation is this: - 'the word 'spirituality' seeks to express the conscious human response to God is both personal and ecclesiac' (Pg 45)
Necessary reading for students embarking on serious study. Highly recommended
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Emphasis on Method 4 Feb 2001
By Joseph Boenzi - Published on Amazon.com
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Philip Sheldrake's volume on "spirituality and history" is nearly 10 years old. The books is now in its second, revised edition. Although the topic is treated scientifically, the text is easy enough for those who come to theology as "beginners."
This volume disputes the typical approach of many "histories of spirituality" that try to see all trends and traditions as developing from earlier forms. Sheldrake traces a number of spiritual traditions (ascetic and mystic journeys, if you like) over 2000 years of Christianity. He shows that, while some traditions developed into schools, which in turn evolved over the centuries, others were confined to particular times and places. Some "spiritual paths" became trendy, others remained the cherished heritage of small groups of elite. This is an interesting thesis.
This is all a question of method. If one tries to "survey" history with a modern mind-set, then even religious history demands that newer forms be shown as "progress" over older styles and insights. In this post-modern period, bigger is not necessarily better, and newer is not necessarily "improved." Following Sheldrakes method, the Christian reader is invited to reflect that are many ways to respond to the Gospel call to discipleship.
Philip Sheldrake is associate editor of "The Way". Much of the material in this book began as articles in that journal. His later book, "Spirituality and Theology" (Orbis 1998), is a good sequel.
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