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Current Forms of Christian Spirituality

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This chapter describes Christian trends in following intuitions that lead to fullness of life. At present we see great diversity in Christian spirituality, but it is likely that future Christian spirituality will incline more toward homogeneous and traditional forms. The chapter gives an inventory of some common practices in Christian spirituality. These include devotional, creative, reflective, physical, virtuous and guidance practices. The chapter then briefly outlines the various contexts of Christian spirituality at the micro, meso and macro levels where the practices are performed. Next, it considers the disciplines involved and argues that we need to have more cooperation between humanities and other academic disciplines to broaden our understanding of Christian spirituality. The chapter concludes with a proposal for a three-dimensional model that would enable us to reflect on the literature about present-day spiritualities in Western Christianity.

Keywords: Christian spirituality; devotional practices; humanities; Western Christianity



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