Christian Spirituality: The Classics

Christian Spirituality: The Classics is a distinct and entire advisor to thirty key Christian spirituality texts. starting from Origen and Augustine to Jonathan Edwards, Thérèse of Lisieux and Thomas Merton, it bargains a view of the texts that is based in scholarship, yet which additionally offers them as dwelling files that invite- even compel -contemplative mirrored image and existential response.
Each bankruptcy in brief describes the vintage text’s writer and viewers, offers a synopsis of its contents, indicates a few of its effect in heritage, after which explores facets of the text’s which means for readers this day. Key subject matters include:
What is the which means of life?
How can humans locate truth?
How can they notice who they honestly are?
How can they reside jointly in peace?
How can they reside extra absolutely in God’s presence during this international and be united with God on this planet to come?
The students who've written those chapters are all specialists on their respective themes, yet they put on their studying calmly. somebody wishing to find the riches of Christian spirituality will locate this the right advent and may be capable of growth to a deeper knowing of the texts themselves.

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Boundless human potential God shares Godself with humankind. This means that human potential is boundless, another appealing theme. Yet Gregory does not allow this idea to provoke empty arrogance or flights of fancy. The infinite potential belongs to God, and humans can share it only by doing God’s will, being friends of God, and giving God all the glory. God’s will for Moses was to serve Israel, his people, not to acquire empty glory for himself. Gregory of Nyssa The reality of evil The tragedies of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries may, however, lead people to doubt Gregory’s assertion that evil is finite.

Indeed, creation is so good that God was able to dwell within it in the person of Jesus.

Yet they will keep moving, and they will have nowhere left to go but back toward the good, toward God, who is inexhaustible. It follows from the logic of Gregory’s theological system that in the end, everybody will be saved. He does not hesitate to draw this conclusion. Yet this does not mean cheap grace. 82). In his book On the Soul and the Resurrection, he compares the process of purification to a rope caked with huge amounts of mud being pulled through a small hole to remove the dirt—a painful process indeed, though not eternal.

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