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Christian Spirituality: The Classics is a distinct and complete consultant to thirty key Christian spirituality texts. starting from Origen and Augustine to Jonathan Edwards, Thérèse of Lisieux and Thomas Merton, it deals a view of the texts that's based in scholarship, yet which additionally offers them as dwelling files that invite- even compel -contemplative mirrored image and existential response.
Each bankruptcy in brief describes the vintage text’s writer and viewers, provides a synopsis of its contents, indicates a few of its effect in historical past, after which explores elements of the text’s which means for readers this present day. Key issues include:
What is the which means of life?
How can people locate truth?
How can they observe who they honestly are?
How can they dwell jointly in peace?
How can they reside extra totally in God’s presence during this international and be united with God on this planet to come?
The students who've written those chapters are all specialists on their respective issues, yet they put on their studying flippantly. someone wishing to find the riches of Christian spirituality will locate this the appropriate creation and will have the ability to growth to a deeper knowing of the texts themselves.

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Of course, he sees Christ and the church as essential in leading people to virtue, too. Gregory lived before the church had a wide variety of saints to use as moral examples. So he writes about some saints but finds most of his examples in the Bible. Besides Moses, he writes about Abraham, David, and the bride in the Song of Songs. Significantly, he sees Moses and the bride as progressing through essentially the same pattern of growth toward perfection. The book’s full title is The Life of Moses, or Concerning Perfection in Virtue.

However, after nine years as a “hearer” of the Manichean sect, Augustine reasoned his way beyond their esoteric teachings and found that even their bishops could not answer his questions. This rejection of Manichaeism led, at first, only to despair that he would ever find any real truths to which he could adhere. However, unlike some Academics, Augustine found he was unable to embrace agnostic skepticism, finding it philosophically untenable. Ultimately Augustine was converted back to the Christianity of his mother, a journey that he describes in the middle books of his Confessions.

Indeed, creation is so good that God was able to dwell within it in the person of Jesus.

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