Essay: A Distinctively Christian Contemplation: A Comparison with Other Religions, by Glen G. Scorgie

This essay by Glen G. Scorgie appears in Embracing Contemplation: Reclaiming a Christian Spiritual Practice which according to the publisher “offers a distinctly evangelical consideration of the benefits of contemplation.”

In their introduction to the volume, the book’s editors write that Scorgie

. . . addresses Christian contemplation in relation to other religions’ contemplative traditions. Scorgie rightly notes that it is important to enter into comparison with the other religious practices, not for the purpose of adjusting our own practices (as if Christianity lacked the internal resources to consider its own spirituality), but to attend to the differences. Israel continually practiced things their foreign neighbors did, at the very call of God, and yet there was always a distinct difference that uniquely formed the purpose, telos, or nature of the Jewish appropriation. . . . After engaging in a broad sweep of comparative analyses with other religious traditions, Scorgie focuses in on the distinctively Christian features of Christian contemplation.

Citation: 
Scorgie, Glen G. “A Distinctively Christian Contemplation: A Comparison with Other Religions,” in Embracing Contemplation: Reclaiming a Christian Spiritual Practice, edited by Kyle C. Strobel and John H. Coe, 259-282. Downers Grove, IL:  InterVarsity Press, 2019.

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