Spirituality is our response to God. It flows from a hunger to know God more. Christian spirituality is a distinct response to God that is rooted in the person of Jesus Christ and the work of his Spirit. This course will consider the many ways that Christians have embodied their response to God over the centuries of Church history. We will explore a variety of movements within Christianity that have shaped how Christians respond to God, we will engage in spiritual practices that have emerged throughout history to help Christians encounter God and we will think about how the historic development of Christian spirituality has implications on our lives as spiritual seekers today.
- Upon completion of this course students will be able to articulate a basic understanding of Spirituality as an aspect of human existence in general and Christian spirituality as distinct expression of spirituality.
- Upon completion of this course students will be able to explain many of the key movements in the development of Christian spirituality throughout the history of the church.
- Upon completion of this course students will be able to identify and describe many of the key figures in the development of Christian spirituality.
- As a result of this course students will be able to identify and incorporate new spiritual disciplines into their lives.
- Upon completion of this course students will be equipped to help other people consider and put into practice new spiritual disciplines in their lives.
- Upon completion of this course students will be able to identify specific cultural and contextual issues that affect the practice of spirituality and how Christian spirituality is a key element in the church’s ministry in a post-Christian culture.