Use the Prezi to explore the book Minding the Spirit. ((Dreyer, Elizabeth and Mark S. Burrows. Minding the Spirit: The Study of Christian Spirituality. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.))
This research explores spiritual formation in suburban adults and asks how an increased awareness of the social Trinity might impact that process. We might typically think of Spiritual formation—also known as Christian Spirituality—as a purely theological study. The modern academy and scientific community has traditionally had very little tolerance for spiritual matters. ((see Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age for why this is true.)) This is changing, however. The academic study of Christian spirituality has grown over the past twenty years. This is evidenced through the formation of the academic guild The Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (SSCS), which is a sub-group of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). Sandra Schneiders states that “constructive postmodernism may be the intellectual climate in which spirituality as an academic discipline will finally discover breathable air.” ((Elizabeth Dreyer and Mark S. Burrows, Minding the Spirit: The Study of Christian Spirituality (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005), 21.)) Philip Sheldrake specifically discusses spirituality as a public activity and places it within the context of the urban setting. ((Philip Sheldrake, A Brief History of Spirituality, Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion Series (Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2007); Philip Sheldrake, Explorations in Spirituality: History, Theology, and Social Practice (New York: Paulist Press, 2010); Philip Sheldrake, “Spirituality and Social Change: Rebuilding the Human City,” Spiritus 9, no. 2 (2009); Philip Sheldrake, “Imaginative Theology: A Strategy of Subversion,” Spiritus 5, no. 2 (2005); Philip Sheldrake, Spirituality and Theology: Christian Living and the Doctrine of God (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1998); Philip Sheldrake, “Spirituality and the Integrity of Theology,” Spiritus 7, no. 1 (2007).)) The following essays will discuss spiritual formation within the context of academic study and why that is important for understanding spiritual formation in the suburban church.
Essays on Christian Spirituality as an Academic Discipline