Exploring Christian Spirituality: Essays in Honor of Sandra M. Schneiders (Google eBook)

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Bruce H. Lescher, Elizabeth Liebert
Paulist Press, 2006 - Religion - 249 pages
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Sandra Schneiders commands respect as one of the most significant and influential figures in the emergence of the study of Christian spirituality as an academic discipline, as the focused and disciplined exploration of religious experience. This book honors her contributions to the field by addressing issues that are emerging at the creative "edges" of the discipline. In this volume, colleagues and students of Dr. Schneiders and other collaborators in the academic discipline of Christian spirituality examine crucial issues from their various disciplinary and methodological perspectives. Questions of methodology address the status of spirituality as a discipline, interdisciplinarity, and self-implication. Other essays explore the "edges" of Christian spirituality and biblical spirituality, gender studies, the natural sciences, nature writing, the social sciences, and interfaith issues. This collection of essays will provoke students and scholars of Christian spirituality, as well as practitioners, to continue critically thinking, discussing, writing, and practicing it.
  

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Contents

Spirituality and Its Critical Methodology
15
Christian Spirituality Intrinsically Interdisciplinary
35
Writing in Spirituality as a SelfImplicating Act Reflections on Authorial Disclosure and the Hiddenness of the Self
53
The Quest for Biblical Spirituality
73
The Genre of Gender Gender and the Academic Study of Christian Spirituality
98
The Contributions of the Natural Sciences to the Academic Discipline of Christian Spirituality
119
The Weight of the World The Heaviness of Nature in Spiritual Experience
142
Judaism Christianitys Partner in Waiting and Working for the Full Redemption of the World
161
Interfaith Aesthetics Where Theology and Spirituality Meet
178
The Discipline of Christian Spirituality and Catholic Theology
196
Major Published Works of Sandra M Schneiders IHM
215
Contributors
225
Index of Names
229
Index of Titles
236
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About the author (2006)

Bruce H. Lescher holds a PhD in Christian spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. He coordinates the New Directions sabbatical program for experienced ministers at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

Liebert is professor of spirituality and director of the program in Christian spirituality at San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA.

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