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January 2021

The Nature of Contemporary Spirituality

Mon 18 January, 2:00 pm to Thu 21 January, 2:00 pm
An introduction to the nature of Spirituality in the Christian tradition from the nineteenth century to the present day. Students will investigate the proliferation of Christian spiritualities in this period and consider the impact of modernism, postmodernity, feminism and political theology on contemporary conceptions of Christian Spirituality. Students will also investigate the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of academic responses to Christian Spirituality (in relation to literature, psychology, film etc), and the extent to which they extend the taxonomy of the discipline.… Read more

February 2021

Mass Culture: Theological Engagement and Spiritual Practice

Mon 15 February, 2:00 pm to Thu 18 February, 2:00 pm
This module considers the phenomenon of mass culture as that which approximates to the actual ‘lived culture’ of millions of people today. The module will explore and discuss topics such as changing patterns of leisure and travel in today’s world as well as technological and media mediated culture which forms the backdrop to spirituality and ‘doing’ theology in our age. In this respect modern mass culture frequently mimics religious modes of orchestrating emotion and creating identity while at the same… Read more

March 2021

Western Christian Mysticism

Mon 8 March, 2:00 pm to Thu 11 March, 2:00 pm
This module explores the riches of Western Christian mystical tradition. The course begins by looking at the foundations of the tradition and moves on to consider the English Mystics, the Rhineland Mystics and the Spanish Mystics. Students will gain an overview of the historical development of the Western Christian Mystical tradition, and identify and analyse key historical figures and movements within that tradition. Five places are set aside for those not enrolled on the degree programme who may book on… Read more

May 2021

Art, Belief and Spirituality

Mon 10 May, 2:00 pm to Thu 13 May, 2:00 pm
This module will enable students to understand the relationship between Christian Spirituality and art. This relationship is explored from historical, cultural and theological perspectives, and students will be encouraged to develop their own aesthetic and spiritual awareness. The module also encourages students to appreciate the place of art in Christian worship and in the life of the Church. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor. Contact Alex Weir for all booking… Read more

November 2021

Sexuality and Spirituality

Mon 22 November, 2:00 pm to Thu 25 November, 2:00 pm
This module offers methodological tools to engage with a study of sexuality and spirituality. We will explore how the Christian tradition has engaged with sexuality and spirituality and the impact of that engagement on contemporary debates. Students are encouraged to relate these insights to their own experience and to evaluate critically the current theological and spiritual concerns in matters of sexuality. There are auditor spaces set aside for those not enrolled in a degree programme. What does this mean?   Please… Read more
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