The Christian Spiritual Tradition

This postgraduate unit offers, either under supervision or in a class setting, a comprehensive and critical exploration of chosen themes or schools of the Christian Tradition. The selection may be historical writers, particular historical periods within the Tradition or contemporary expressions of the Christian spirituality pathway. It is drawn from the notion of classic in Christian spirituality, provides a research methodology pertinent to ancient spiritual texts, the precursors to the western spiritual tradition, and examines selected texts.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Christian Spirituality

Credit Points



S8502 Christian Spirituality.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. categorize various genres of spiritual writing
  2. compare and critique a number of primary texts of selected authors whose spiritual works have become “classics’ in the Christian Spiritual tradition
  3. distinguish key themes and imagery in the selected texts and determine their sources
  4. analyse and evaluate the theological foundations of the selected authors’ spiritual doctrine, and explore the relationship between the selected texts and their historical and cultural context
  5. restate the wisdom of the selected historical texts into a contemporary context for the benefit of spiritual formation and personal practice.
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