Value of spiritual classics in soul care

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Value of spiritual classics in soul care

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Ever since Richard Foster wrote Celebration of Discipline in 1978, evangelicals have hungered for a deeper and more historic spirituality. Many have come to discover the wealth of spiritual insight available in the Desert Fathers, the medieval mystics, German Pietism and other traditions. While these classics have been a source of life-changing renewal for many, still others are wary of these texts and the foreign theological traditions from which they come. The essays in this volume provide a guide for evangelicals to read the Christian spiritual classics. The contributions fall into four sections. The first three answer the big questions: why should we read the spiritual classics, what are these classics and how should we read them? The last section brings these questions together into a brief reading guide for each of the major traditions. Each essay not only explores the historical and theological context, but also expounds the appropriate hermeneutical framework and the significance for the church today.

Ch. 3

ISBN

978-0830839971

Publication Date

7-5-2013

Publication Source

Reading the Christian spiritual classics : a guide for evangelicals

Inclusive pages

pp. 47-62

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publisher

IVP Academic

City

Downers Grove

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Christian literature

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Value of spiritual classics in soul care

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