This unit introduces the study of the foundations and characteristics of the spiritual life from an Orthodox Christian perspective. The unit deals with such issues as the relationship between orthodox doctrine, the sacraments, and spiritual life. The unit also covers themes such as the relation between divine grace and human struggle; prayer, sin, forgiveness and repentance; purity of heart, discipleship, fellowship and service, sanctification, saints, and holiness, asceticism, virginity and monasticism. Every theme starts with a Biblical introduction and foundation, and includes selected readings from the patristic and ascetic tradition.
Describe the key characteristics of spiritual life from an Orthodox perspective
Contrast and compare spiritual life within the Orthodox tradition from other Christian traditions
Analyse the Biblical foundations of some of the key patristic and ascetic texts on spiritual life in the studied theme
Evaluate the relationship between orthodox doctrine, the sacraments and spiritual life
Articles and lecture notes, video lectures and online discussion forums.
Written Assessment Task 1000 words
Written Assessment Task 3000 words
Presentation equivalent to 2000 words
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017
Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-14 07:34:14 +1000