A theology of Christian spirituality

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Abingdon Press, 2005 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 227 pages
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While many would argue that spirituality is a necessary component of authentic human living, there is a lot of confusion over what spirituality is. According to Powell Christian spirituality has five aspects. 1.) Christian living is inescapably corporate. It is inseparable from the Christian community. 2.) It is inescapably corporeal--it cannot be separated from specific and embodied practices. 3.) It is participation in the Trinitarian life of God. Thus Christian living reflects both upon us and God. 4.) It has an eschatological existence. 5.) It is marked by our essential finitude under the conditions of sin.

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Contents

A Prelude to Christian Spirituality
1
Spirituality in America Today
15
The Theological Foundations of Christian Spirituality
26
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SAMUEL M. POWELL is professor of Philosophy and Religion and dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry at Point Loma Nazarene University. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a Ph. D. in Religion from Claremont Graduate University. He is an editor, an author and an ordained deacon in the Church of the Nazarene. He also serves on the editorial committee of Kingswood Press and as secretary-treasurer of the Wesleyan Theological Society. From 1999 to 2001, he participated in the John Templeton Foundation Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity. In 2005, he received the Wesleyan Theological Society's Smith-Wynkoop award for his book, Participating In God: Creation and Trinity. He and his wife, Terrie, live in Santee, California, and have two children and two grandchildren.