God Seekers: Twenty Centuries of Christian Spiritualities

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2008 - Religion - 366 pages

A fresh, readable introduction to Christian spirituality, God Seekers brings to life thirty-three spiritual masters from throughout Christian history. Through capsule biographies, selected quotations, and questions for reflection, Richard Schmidt presents and explores diverse ways of relating to God. Each chapter personalizes a major stream or movement of Christian spirituality by focusing on a particular key figure.

“While God Seekers may be read with delight or for information . . . it is impossible to engage it for long without being seized as well by the grandeur of the panorama it lays out before us. Here, in living people, in living saints, is the history of the church, the body of Christ as we and our kind have shaped it and are shaping it.”
-- Phyllis Tickle (from the foreword)
 

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A successor of sorts to Schmidt's Glorious Companions: Five Centuries of Anglican Spirituality, this is yet more ambitious, reaching much farther back into Christian history and across languages and ... Read full review

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Looks good at first browse. The coverage seems to be comprehensive. Selected quotations and questions for reflection will make it a handy teaching aid for tertiary academic study as well as informal discussion groups.

Contents

Foreword
ix
Introduction
xii
IRENAEUS c 130c 200 Early Christian Spirituality
1
ORIGEN OF ALEXANDRIA c 185c 254 Alexandrian Spirituality
12
ANTONY c 251355 The Desert Fathers
23
GREGORY OF NYSSA c 335c 395 The Cappadocians
35
AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO 354430 The Birth of Western Spirituality
46
PATRICK c 390c 460 Celtic Spirituality
58
GEORGE HERBERT 15931633 Anglican Spirituality
190
JOHN BUNYAN 16281688 The NonConformists
202
JEANPIERRE DE CAUSSADE 16751751 The Sacrament of the Present Moment
212
JOHN WESLEY CHARLES WESLEY 17031791 17071788 Methodism
223
SØREN KIERKEGAARD 18131855 The Spirituality of Paradox
235
R A TORREY 18561928 Fundamentalism
246
AMY CARMICHAEL 18671951 The Spirituality of Missions
257
THÉRÈSE OF LISIEUX 18731897 Spiritual Childhood
270

BENEDICT OF NURSIA c 480547 Western Monasticism
69
SYMEON THE NEW THEOLOGIAN 9491022 Experiencing the Spirit
80
ANSELM 103341109 Medieval Spirituality I
92
BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX 10901153 Medieval Spirituality II
104
FRANCIS OF ASSISI 118121226 The Mendicants
114
GREGORY PALAMAS 12961359 Hesychasm
126
JULIAN OF NORWICH 1342c 1420 The English Mystics
137
MARTIN LUTHER 14831546 Reformation I
147
IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA 14911556 The Jesuits
158
JOHN CALVIN 15091564 Reformation II
169
TERESA OF ÁVILA 15151582 The Spanish Mystics
180
MARIA SKOBTSOVA 18911945 Martyrdom
280
DONALD GEE 18911966 Pentecostal Spirituality
291
DOROTHY DAY 18971980 The Catholic Worker Movement
303
THOMAS MERTON 19151968 Solitude
314
MADELEINE LENGLE 19182007 Narrative Spirituality
326
JOHN S MBITI B 1931 African Christian Spirituality
338
ROSEMARY RADFORD RUETHER B 1936 Feminist Spirituality
350
Acknowledgments
361
Index
363
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