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Spirituality and History: Questions of Interpretation and Method [Paperback]

By Philip Sheldrake (Author)
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Shows how and why our understanding of spirituality must take into account the historical factors that have shaped it. Sheldrake's approach does not just take spiritual traditions at face value, but attempts to uncover the cultural and socially-defined questions that were being posed. He attends to the "underside" of history, examining groups and movements such as the Beguines, that have been marginalized in standard histories of Christianity.

"Essential reading...This book brings clarity, rigor and a historical sense to the emerging field of spirituality. Highly recommended." Lawrence A. Cunningham

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Studio: Orbis Books
Pages   248
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1998
Publisher   Orbis Books
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  1570752036  
ISBN13  9781570752032  

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Philip Sheldrake is vice-principal and academic director of Sarum College, Salisbury, and honorary professor at the University of Wales, Lampeter, and visiting professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of several books, including Spirituality and History.

Philip Sheldrake was born in 1971 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Durham

Cambridge Theological Federation, UK


Philip Sheldrake has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion
  2. Canterbury Studies in Spiritual Theology
  3. Traditions of Christian Spirituality

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Emphasis on Method  Feb 4, 2001
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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