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Christian Spirituality Paperback – 1 Nov 1983

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Pr (Nov. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664244955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664244958
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 0.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,508,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Some Excellent Observations but Too Heady for Contemporary Spirituality 22 Feb. 2013
By Matthew R. Green - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Pannenberg's little treatise on spirituality felt more like a small anthology than a sustained consideration of the topic. His first chapter was a short, but very astute analysis of the historical development and decay of the relationship between guilt and the spiritual climate of Christianity, particularly in Protestantism and was unquestionably the most significant writing in the book. His second chapter offered his suggestion for a new way of perceiving Protestant spirituality that accepts the decay of the guilt conscience and rise of social disconnection in the wider Western world, and while the suggestion is sound, it feels naive in that simply making the suggestion for how contemporary spirituality ought to be centered is not sufficient to bring forces sufficient to change the cultural tenor. He unfortunately makes no suggestions as to how to make his ideas take root in the church practically.

The remaining chapters, comprising the second half of the book, were far less relevant to his topic, though not without merit. He analyzes the proper relationship between the church and politics, the influence of changing ideas of the self have altered the cultural affinity for Buddhism and Christianity's place in understanding the self, and one additional topic that was, sadly, forgettable.

As is not surprising, Pannenberg is highly thoughtful, analytical, and articulate, though much more heady and intellectual than is really compatible with contemporary spirituality. He makes some exceedingly astute observations and critiques in the first and last chapters, but what happens in between was too philosophical and abstract for my taste.
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