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June 2020

Contemporary Christian Spirituality

Mon 15 June, 2:00 pm to Thu 18 June, 2:00 pm
This module will enable students to critically evaluate relationships between Christian Spirituality and non-Christian spiritualities. Students will be introduced to the important role that Platonic and other philosophical traditions within antiquity played in shaping Christian Spirituality and explore ways in which non-Christian traditions continue to re-shape and challenge classical notions of Christian Spirituality in three contemporary settings. Students will also examine the subjective turn and the challenge presented by New Age and other contrasting spiritualities. The module will also allow students… Read more

October 2020

Foundations and Forms of Christian Spirituality

Mon 5 October, 2:00 pm to Thu 8 October, 2:00 pm
This module will introduce students to the nature of Spirituality in the Christian tradition until the end of the eighteenth century. It will look at several spiritual traditions within Christianity and enable students to place them in their historical and philosophical contexts. Students will become aware of the problems we face in matters of interpretation when dealing with classical spiritual texts and will be encouraged to apply a range of interpretative methods to the texts they are introduced to. Those… Read more

November 2020

Embodying Wisdom

Mon 23 November, 2:00 pm to Thu 26 November, 2:00 pm
This module introduces the key philosophical and psychological issues of the last 100 years that have shaped contemporary understandings of Spirituality. Students will be encouraged to examine contemporary concepts of ‘experience’ and ‘self’ in the light of some seminal thinkers of the twentieth century, whose works can be directly related to issues of religious subjectivity. Students will also be enabled to assess the impact of the work of Carl Jung on Christian thought and practice, including in pastoral care and… Read more

January 2021

The Nature of Contemporary Spirituality

Mon 18 January 2021, 2:00 pm to Thu 21 January 2021, 2:00 pm
An introduction to the nature of Spirituality in the Christian tradition from the nineteenth century to the present day. Students will investigate the proliferation of Christian spiritualities in this period and consider the impact of modernism, postmodernity, feminism and political theology on contemporary conceptions of Christian Spirituality. Students will also investigate the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of academic responses to Christian Spirituality (in relation to literature, psychology, film etc), and the extent to which they extend the taxonomy of the discipline.… Read more

February 2021

Relocating Religion: Cultural and Spiritual Realignments

Mon 15 February 2021, 2:00 pm to Thu 18 February 2021, 2:00 pm
In a so called ‘secular age’ has religion and more specifically Christian faith and belief simply disappeared from public view altogether? Do modern people no longer require the ‘sacred canopy’ of religion to feel at home in the world? Has the idea and practice of religion become so tarnished with notions of religious fundamentalism and extremism or institutional irrelevance and corruption that by and large, in Europe at least, most people leave it to a small minority of others to… Read more

March 2021

Western Christian Mysticism

Mon 8 March 2021, 2:00 pm to Thu 11 March 2021, 2:00 pm
This module explores the riches of Western Christian mystical tradition. The course begins by looking at the foundations of the tradition and moves on to consider the English Mystics, the Rhineland Mystics and the Spanish Mystics. Students will gain an overview of the historical development of the Western Christian Mystical tradition, and identify and analyse key historical figures and movements within that tradition. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor. Contact… Read more

April 2021

Art, Belief and Spirituality

Mon 12 April 2021, 2:00 pm to Thu 15 April 2021, 2:00 pm
This module will enable students to understand the relationship between Christian Spirituality and art. This relationship is explored from historical, cultural and theological perspectives, and students will be encouraged to develop their own aesthetic and spiritual awareness. The module also encourages students to appreciate the place of art in Christian worship and in the life of the Church. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor. Contact Alex Weir for all booking… Read more

May 2021

Mass Culture: Theological Engagement and Spiritual Practice

Mon 10 May 2021, 2:00 pm to Thu 13 May 2021, 2:00 pm
This module considers the phenomenon of mass culture as that which approximates to the actual ‘lived culture’ of millions of people today. The module will explore and discuss topics such as changing patterns of leisure and travel in today’s world as well as technological and media mediated culture which forms the backdrop to spirituality and ‘doing’ theology in our age. In this respect modern mass culture frequently mimics religious modes of orchestrating emotion and creating identity while at the same… Read more

June 2021

Liturgy and Spirituality

Mon 14 June 2021, 2:00 pm to Thu 17 June 2021, 2:00 pm
This module engages with the relationship between spirituality and liturgy. Attention will be paid to how they relate, both conceptually and regarding debates, such as the historic conflict between liturgy and popular piety. Students will have the opportunity to study specific examples of liturgical practice from a variety of Christian traditions, and in so doing develop their ability to interpret liturgical prayer as a form of spirituality. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this… Read more
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