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.

Unit Code: DS8809A

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


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.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Written Assessment Task 1000 words

1000 20.0

Written Assessment Task 3000 words

3000 50.0
Oral Presentation

Presentation equivalent to 2000 words

2000 30.0

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