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This course would allow you to explore the richness of Christian spirituality through historical, anthropological and theological lenses. It integrates theory with practice, and will be particularly appealing if you are in ministry, contemplating ministry or wanting to discover more about this exciting area.
- In 2017 the library acquired the Franciscan Study Collection from the Franciscan Study Centre in Canterbury
Why study Christian Spirituality?
This master's is designed to offer you the opportunity to study this field in some depth, from historical, theological, psychological and other points of view. The course examines different understandings of how Christians seek to relate to God, the underlying theology and the particular practices or lifestyles that express these understandings.
The search for ‘spirituality’ is one of the most striking aspects of our contemporary Western cultures. In simple terms, the word ‘spirituality’ stands for the way we seek to live out our fundamental beliefs and values. In Christian terms, spirituality is based on a relationship with God, to whom we seek to respond.
Why St Mary's?
As an institution we have been at the forefront in the development of spirituality, as an academic discipline. In 2009, we held one of the first European conference connected to its study, the proceedings of which were published as Sources of Transformation: Revitilizing Christian Spirituality (Eds. Peter Tyler and Edward Howells, Continuum 2011).
We have developed on our world-class scholarship and experience in this department into an innovative, stand-alone, MA in Christian Spirituality.
Please note: due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are currently teaching this course online as well as in-class (in accordance with government guidance). We intend to extend this 'hybrid' teaching into the 2021/22 academic year and we are happy to discuss this mode of attendance with you.
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Prof Peter Tyler
Professor - Pastoral Theology and Spirituality