A Theology of Christian Spirituality

By Samuel M. Powell Published
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While many would argue that spirituality is a necessary component of authentic human living, there is a lot of confusion over what spirituality is. According to Powell Christian spirituality has five aspects. 1.) Christian living is inescapably corporate. It is inseparable from the Christian community. 2.) It is inescapably corporeal--it cannot be separated from specific and embodied practices. 3.)  It is participation in the Trinitarian life of God. Thus Christian living reflects both upon us and God. 4.) It has an eschatological existence. 5.) It is marked by our essential finitude under the conditions of sin.

Endorsements

"I am convinced that any truly helpful articulation of Christian spirituality must revolve around the good news that the Holy Spirit brings us to participate in the life of the triune God. By orienting A Theology of Christian Spirituality around this crucial theme, Samuel Powell directs our gaze toward the central insight that must inform all our discussions of what being spiritual really means."

Stanley J. Grenz, Pioneer McDonald Professor of Theology, Carey Theological College, Vancouver BC, Professor of Theological Studies, Mars Hill Graduate School, Seattle Washington

"In a world in which the language of spirituality has spun out of control, Sam Powell valiantly rescues that language to remind us that, for Christians, we must know what we're doing when we talk about God if we are to talk about spirituality."

Stanley Hauerwas,Gilbert Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics in the Divinity School at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Exploring the theology and practices of Christian spirituality throughout the ages, and taking into account a contemporary, even postmodern, context in which pluralism, the reality of a post-Christian America, and the confusion of an American ethos with a Christian one so often occurs,  Sam Powell has authored an engaging and very readable work that will, no doubt, serve as a basic theological account of Christian spirituality in classrooms across the nation.

Kenneth J. Collins, Professor of Historical Theology and Wesley Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky

About the Author

Samuel M. Powell

Samuel M. Powell is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Point Loma Nazarene University.  Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, and Director of Graduate Studies in Religion.