Classics of Christian Spirituality

Course Code: RGP6206HF 

Instructor

Michael Stoeber
m.stoeber@utoronto.ca

Schedule

Fall 2016
Monday 17:00 – 19:00

Credits

1.0

Course Description

The course develops major themes in the history of Christian spirituality, through a close reading of selections by Plato, Origen, Pseudo-Dionysius, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Gregory of Palamas, Julian of Norwich, Teresa of Avila, St. Ignatius of Loyola, and Dorothy Day. Special attention will be given to ideas of “love”.

Course Objectives

Students will be able to describe, analyse, and critically evaluate various general themes in Christian spirituality, as these developed historically. See the course syllabus on pp. 5-6 for the list of readings within which these themes will be more specifically contextualized (the writings of Plato, Origen, Pseudo-Dionysius, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Gregory of Palamas, Julian of Norwich, Teresa of Avila, St. Ignatius of Loyola, and Dorothy Day). For specific details, see the various class handouts, “Possible Discussion Questions”, distributed for many of the readings. Also, students will be able to articulate and appreciate the significance of these themes in Christian Spirituality for various pastoral settings.

Course Schedule

A detailed course schedule is available for download.

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