This unit provides an overview of the history of contemplative and apophatic spirituality from the Desert Mothers and Fathers to the present. An understanding of the apophatic tradition will be developed by introducing key historical exemplars and primary texts. Students will explore the historical contexts while engaging in historical spiritual practices. Topics will include, but not be limited to, the Desert Mothers and Fathers, the beguine mystics, Meister Eckhart, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, various monastic traditions and more contemporary examples. These historical examples will be examined with reference to their relevance to contemporary spiritual seekers.
Unit code: CH8740Z
Unit status: Approved (New unit)
Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational
Unit discipline: Church History
Proposing College: Uniting College for Leadership and TheologyShow when this unit is running
Discuss the development of the apophatic and contemplative traditions including key figures and events
Compare and contrast the language and practices used across time to describe and implement the apophatic tradition
Develop and apply a range of hermeneutical methods for reading and utilising contemplative primary texts
Relate the lives and writings of historical contemplative exemplars to contemporary spiritual practice
A foundational unit in program 3 of the Graduate Certificate in Spirituality and the Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction.
The unit engages students through readings, lectures, workshops, group discussions and personal reflection.
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A summative reflection of the student’s learnings from the experience and content of the unit.
Critically assess the implications of a specified article.
Topics exploring the contemporary relevance of historical exemplars of contemplative or apophatic spirituality
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 20 Oct, 2022
Unit record last updated: 2022-11-03 10:42:34 +1100