Introduction to Christian Spirituality

This unit develops a comprehensive introduction to, and overview of, the topic of Christian Spirituality focussing on its biblical, theological and historical premises and practice from a denominational perspective. It includes the influences on the origins of Christian spirituality, Christian spirituality as discipleship of Christ, the Trinitarian trajectory of Christian spirituality, the paschal reality of Christian spirituality: cross and resurrection, practices of conversion and transformation, the role of the Christian community in Christian spiritual life and practice, and missionary aspects of Christian spirituality.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Christian Spirituality

Credit Points




Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Elucidate a clear understanding of what is meant by the term ‘spirituality’;
  2. Identify the historical and cultural influences upon the development of Christian spirituality;
  3. Distinguish the nature of Christian Spirituality and sketch its primary characteristics;
  4. Evaluate various kinds of spiritual disciplines or practices within the Christian tradition against their biblical and theological foundations;
  5. Apply insights from a variety of expressions in Christian spirituality to their own spiritual formation and practice.
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