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Article: Authentic Subjectivity and Social Transformation, by Michael O’Sullivan

In his article appearing in the open access journal HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, vol. 72, no. 4 (2016), Michael O’Sullivan stresses the significance of the Second Vatican Council in establishing a deep connection between Christian spirituality and engagement in social justice. … Continue reading

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Article: The Clash of Transcendence and History: The Conversion of Óscar Arnulfo Romero, Part II, by David B. Perrin

The second part of David’s article on Oscar Romero has been published in Vinayasādhana: Dharmaram Journal of Psycho-Spiritual Formation (July, 2016: Dharmaram College, Bangalore, India, 60-76). Here is the article’s abstract: Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (1917-1980), a Salvadoran bishop, lived during a … Continue reading

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Article: Authority in Spiritual Direction Conversations: Dialogic Perspectives, by David Crawley

David Crawley’s article (Journal for the Study of Spirituality 6:1 (2016): 6-19) offers a way of understanding what happens during spiritual direction by focusing the role of authority. Here is the article’s abstract: The dynamics of authority within spiritual direction relationships … Continue reading

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Article: The Clash of Transcendence and History: The Conversion of Óscar Arnulfo Romero, Part I, by David B. Perrin

David’s article appeared within a year after Archbishop Romero was beatified, the final stage before sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church. Here’s the article’s abstract: Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (1917-1980), a Salvadoran bishop, lived during a time of great political and civil … Continue reading

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Article: “Sweetnesse in Communion with God”: The Contemplative-Mystical Piety of Thomas Watson, by Tom Schwanda

In a 2014 article, Tom Schwanda wrote about the Evangelical retrieval of contemplation. In the present essay, he examines the particular contribution of Thomas Watson, a 17th century Puritan who Schwanda argues was influenced by medieval mysticism: This article seeks to trace the … Continue reading

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Article: Transformations: The World Religions Survey through an Adjunct Feminist Lens, by Alison Downie

In an article appearing in Teaching Theology & Religion (18, 3, July 2015: 193-206), Alison writes about her attempts to offer opportunities for transformative learning by her students, an approach supported by training as a feminist theologian. Here is the abstract: This essay describes a transformation … Continue reading

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Article: Enacting the Spiritual Self: Buddhist-Christian Identity As Participatory Action, by Duane R. Bidwell

Duane Bidwell’s essay was his contribution to a symposium on multiple religious belonging. It appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of Spiritus (v. 15, n. 1, pp. 105-112). Here is an excerpt: . . . this essay is not a history of my … Continue reading

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Article: The Future of Past Spiritual Traditions, by BernardMcGinn

In the lead article of the current issue of Spiritus (v.15, n. 1,Spring 2015), Bernard McGinn takes a step back from his usual explanation of the value of mysticism and spirituality to come up with a more detailed examination, one that would … Continue reading

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Article: Hermeneutical Methodology in Christian Spirituality, by David B. Perrin

In his article appearing recently (despite the publication year) in Theoforum (vol. 44, no. 2, 2013, pp. 317-337), David Perrin draws on the work of Paul Ricoeur and Sandra Schneiders and concludes that “the academic community doing research in spirituality, and in Christian spirituality in … Continue reading

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Article: Friendship with Teresa of Avila: Spiritual Companionship Across Time and Space, by Tara K. Soughers

Published in the Fall 2014 issue of Spiritus (v. 14, n. 2, pp. 166-186), Tara Sougher’s article explores how academic study of a spiritual writer’s works can lead to a personal relationship with the author. An earlier version of this article was awarded … Continue reading

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