Great Definition of Christian Spirituality from Schneiders and Green

Sandra Schneiders defines spirituality as the ‘experience of conscious involvement in the project of life-integration through self-transcendence toward the ultimate value one perceives,’ which for Christians is the triune God revealed in Jesus, approached via the paschal mystery and the church community and lived through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Her understanding implies the radical capacity of the human spirit to engage God’s Spirit and the importance of Scripture to mediate the foundational revelation and to supply the basic symbol system into which each individual and communal Christian story is integrated1 Christian spirituality begins as Jesus, steeped in the rich Jewish tradition of divine self-disclosure, interacts with those who respond to him; and that experience is converted into language and shared with others.


  1. Schneiders, Sandra. “The Study of Christian Spirituality: Contours and dynamics of a Discipline” Christian Spirituality Bulletin. 6(1). 1998. 1, 3-21. []
  2. Green, Barbara. “The Old Testament in Christian Spirituality,” The Blackwell Companion to Christian Spirituality Blackwell Companions to Religion. Oxford; Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2005, 38. []