Studies in Historical Spirituality

This unit offers, either under supervision or in a class setting, the possibility to focus on a single, specific historical expression in the Christian Tradition, and to explore its contemporary currency. The selection may be of an historical writer or a particular school of Christian Spirituality or a particular historical period within the Christian tradition. The unit will follow the process of research methodology pertinent to ancient spiritual texts, precursors to the selected study, context of the selected study, primary and secondary literature related to the selected study, key perspectives and themes within the selected study, influences of the selected study on later developments in the tradition, and contemporary engagement of the selected study.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Christian Spirituality

Credit Points



S7102 Introduction to Christian Spirituality.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and engage the various methodologies appropriate to the study of spirituality;
  2. Appraise and analyse the texts of the selected author, school or historical period;
  3. Explore the theological foundations of the selected authors’ spiritual doctrine, and examine the relationship between the selected texts and their historical and cultural context;
  4. Translate the perspectives of the historical selection into a modern idiom;
  5. Restate the wisdom of the selected historical texts for the benefit of spiritual formation and personal practice.
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