By Philip Sheldrake
A short heritage 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 old sessions, displaying how and why spirituality has replaced and constructed over the centuries
- Draws out the detailed issues of Christian spirituality, exploring the historic and cultural occasions and reviews that modified people’s attitudes and practices
- Coverage extends correct as much as the trendy day, exploring the large adjustments in spirituality in recent times and how it truly is these days usually contrasted with ‘religion’
- Written through a number one commentator on spirituality, and released within the renowned Brief Histories of Religion series
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Because the spiritualities of the New Testament are unavoidably first-century documents they are therefore context-specific. Consequently when any subsequent spiritual movement or tradition refers to scriptural foundations this is always an act of reinterpretation within a different and specific religious and cultural context. With this caveat, it is nevertheless possible to say that, taken as a whole, the scriptural foundations of Christian spirituality suggest a way of transformation towards fullness of life in God and at the same time a way of mission through following the way of Jesus and by means of the power of God’s indwelling Spirit.
There is a much greater sense of top-down Christology – that is, Jesus is presented as the one sent from heaven by the Father as the definitive expression of God’s love and desire for humanity and creation. He is the Word and wisdom of God made flesh. Discipleship is therefore focused more on coming to participate in Jesus’ relationship to the Father (his divine life) by believing in the ‘‘signs’’ he does (both in words and in actions such as healings). Believers will be born anew in the Spirit (Jn 3, 5) into eternal life – that is a life not subject to death-as-final-destiny.
At the heart of Mark’s presentation is the cross. Jesus is the suffering Messiah. Jesus’ actions, healings, and teaching can only be understood in the light of the cross. It is therefore not surprising that the Gospel also emphasizes a secrecy surrounding Jesus’ identity and the failure of the disciples to understand him. Just as the real meaning of Jesus’ life, revealed in the passion and resurrection, is properly understood only in hindsight, so the power of God is revealed paradoxically in weakness.