Christian Spirituality in the 20th Century

This advanced graduate unit explores the paradigm shift in Christian spirituality that occurred through the 20th century through a denominational perspective. It examines the philosophical, theological and ecclesial factors contributing to the change. Students will be expected to research major spiritual writers of the century through engagement of both primary and secondary texts. It evaluates paradigms and models within Christian spirituality, the theological and non-theological factors determining the shift in spiritual awareness during the 20th century, precursors to 20th century Roman Catholic spirituality and an overview of 20th century spiritual writing within the Roman Catholic Tradition, and a critique of major spiritual writers.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Christian Spirituality

Credit Points



18 credit points in Christian Spirituality.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. propose in substantive ways the historical ecclesial and philosophical factors shaping the spiritual doctrine of selected 20th century spiritual writers
  2. determine and critically engage the primary changes occurring within the emergent spirituality of the 20th century
  3. research and categorize both primary and secondary resources relating to 20th century spiritual writing
  4. evaluate insights of 20th century spiritual perspectives against the background of the longer tradition of Christian spirituality
  5. reflect on the contribution of the 20th century perspectives to their own spiritual thought and practice.
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