Monthly Archives: December 2014

Syllabus: Pro-Seminar in Spirituality

The third syllabus we’ve received comes from Dale M. Schlitt,omi, who teaches at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio , Texas. Titled a Pro-Seminar in Spirituality, it has the following course description:

History and nature of the academic study of spirituality, including a consideration of the role of second order reflection on spiritual experience. Research tools and resources. Approaches, and accompanying methodology considerations, in spirituality studies with the identification of the presuppositions and limitations of such approaches and methodologies. Critical and constructive reading of historical documents. Nature, purpose and writing of a doctoral dissertation. Identification of research subjects of interest to seminar participants and of approaches, with various methodologies, appropriate to those subjects.

Copies of the syllabus are available to SSCS members by contacting the moderator.

Syllabus: Classics of Western Spirituality

Our second syllabus comes from Charles J. Scalise. He describes it as a syllabus for “a course I taught last year to master’s-degree students at both Fuller Northwest in Seattle and Fuller Seminary in Pasadena.” Here is the course description:

This reading seminar seeks to involve students in spiritual reading, historical study, and critical interpretation of diverse classics of Christian spirituality across major historical periods of the Christian movement. Emphasis will be placed upon a blend of spiritual and critical understanding of the common readings and student-chosen spiritual classics. Attention will also be given to the disciplines of regular spiritual reading of Scripture in the history of the church and individual retreat.

Members of the SSCS can get a copy of the syllabus by contacting the moderator.