Category Archives: Open Access

Dissertation: “Not of This World”: Christian Devotional Literature as Minority Discourse, by J. Stephen Pearson

Pearson’s dissertation draws on scriptural, devotional, and theological texts to argue that the Christian community has historically been a minority within its larger social, cultural, and political context. Here is the abstract: This dissertation re-reads the history of Western Christianity in … Continue reading

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Dissertation: The Art of Trinitarian Articulation: A Case Study on Richard of St. Victor’s De Trinitate, by Todd Vasquez

In his examination of Richard of St. Victor’s De Trinitate, Todd Vasquez explores the various ways in which the 12th century theologian and spiritual writer expressed his understanding of the Trinity. More than just a straightforward exposition of doctrine, the Victorine’s … Continue reading

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Dissertation: Friendship with the Saints: A Practical Theological Reading of Teresa of Avila as a Spiritual Companion, by Tara Soughers

Combining the approaches of practical theology and spirituality studies, Tara Soughers explores the writings of Teresa of Avila on spiritual companionship. When understood within their historical contexts, the writings of the saints can offer a great deal to contemporary practice … Continue reading

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Article: Continuous Prayer in Catherine of Siena, by Diana L. Villegas

Diana Villegas has published an article on continuous prayer in Catherine of Siena. It’s freely available as an open access article in HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies. She gave a presentation of essential parts of the paper in June at the third Biennual … Continue reading

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Article: Holistic Health Care and Spiritual Self-Presence, by Michael O’Sullivan

In this freely available article appearing in a 2016 issue of Religions, Michael O’Sullivan argues for the importance of spirituality in healthcare. In so doing, he explores the meanings of “spiritual” and “health,” concluding that “Providers of healthcare are dealing, not simply with … 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: Religion, Sectarianism, and the Pursuit of Truth: Reexamining Academic Freedom in the Twenty-first Century, by Kenneth Garcia

Kenneth Garcia’s article appears in volume 5 (2014) of the open access AAUP publication Journal of Academic Freedom. In Ken’s words: “The essay contends that spiritual insight must be allowed to inform the direction scholars take and move them beyond the … Continue reading

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