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Christian Spirituality: An Introduction

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  9 reviews
This text fills the need for a clear, informative, helpful and well-written introduction to Christian spirituality. It introduces this area of Christian theology as a serious and exciting field of study to those encountering it for the first time. It builds on the huge success of earlier texts in the area of Christian thought and practice by the same author, and is based o ...more
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Published May 30th 2013 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published January 16th 1991)
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Bob Price
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You may not be a spiritual master, but reading this book could start you on the way.

Christian Spiritualityis a great introductory textbook on the history and nature of this subject. So much so, that there really is nothing more to add or to review.

McGrath does an excellent job in presenting the material and treating as a new subject for the beginner. He gives a history of the major 'movers and shakers' in Christian Spirituality and defines terms and concepts as he goes along.
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Gregory Strong
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
McGrath provides an excellent introduction to and overview of Christian spirituality from both a topical and an historical perspective: types of Christian spirituality; theological foundations for spirituality; biblical images and Christian spirituality; visualization and spatialization in Christian spirituality; and case studies for engaging the tradition. McGrath condenses much information and profound concepts into clear constructs and explanations. Well worth reading.
Jstrick
A solid introduction to the topic. McGrath's expertise is historical theology and it shows in this work, as each chapter seeks to thoroughly engage all of the major Christian traditions. The reader of this work will certainly come away with a basic understanding of Christian spirituality and a survey knowledge of the major players in this area throughout history of the church. ...more
Summer Green
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All of Christian thought/theology/doctrine is layed out in simplified form. It's an introduction for sure, but a really good dive into the concepts of what Christians believe with much Catholic and Orthodox thought included. Well worth the crawl through it. ...more
Mandy
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
McGrath writes a very interactive book to educate readers on Christian Spirituality. It is very well balanced and easy to read. I can honestly say I have learned an incredible amount from reading this book!
Elizabeth
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the past I have not been a fan of anthologies, but this book was amazing. It is a great overview of the rich literary heritage of Christanity with helpful introductions to put the selections in historical context.
Creto
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a good introduction to Christian spirituality.
John
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
McGrath packs a lot of valuable information in less then 200 pages about how Spirituality is practiced in the various traditions of the Christian faith. I learned a lot and highly recommend it.
Nick Abraham
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read this multiple different times. It is a broad introduction to the subject. McGrath is not intent on being evangelical in the book, but does show the relationship of theology to spirituality.
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Alister Edgar McGrath is a Northern Irish theologian, priest, intellectual historian, scientist, and Christian apologist. He currently holds the Andreas Idreos Professorship in Science and Religion in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, and is Professor of Divinity at Gresham College. He was previously Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education at King's College L ...more

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