Hartford Seminary

History of Christian Spirituality I: Beginning to 1500 (HI-585)

In response to widely documented illiteracy about religious history, this course invites students to delve into the lives, contexts, beliefs, texts, and spiritual practices of dedicated Christian men and women during the first 1500 years of Christianity.  We will read and discuss in an open yet critical way a selection of “classic” Christian spiritual texts from the Bible to Julian of Norwich.  Goals of the course include knowledge and appreciation of the general and particular contours of Christian spirituality during this period; the relationship of theology to spirituality; an understanding of how social, ecclesial, political, and economic contexts affected spirituality in each era; the ability to discern the strengths and weaknesses of this tradition and identify those elements that can be creatively and critically appropriated for our time.

If you are not enrolled in a degree program but wish to register for this course, use the Online Registration for Special Students and Auditors.


Elizabeth Dreyer


Winter/Spring 2015

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