Exploring Christian Spirituality


Left to right. Lawrence Boadt, Paulist Press,Elizabeth Liebert and Bruce Lescher, co-editors, Sandra Schneiders, honoree, American Academy of Religion, November, 2006.

Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM, commands respect as one of the most significant and influential figures in the emergence of the study of Christian spirituality as an academic discipline concerned with the focused and disciplined exploration of religious experience. Exploring Christian Spirituality honors her contributions in this field by addressing issues at the creative “edges” of the discipline.

In Exploring Christian Spirituality, colleagues and students of Dr. Schneiders’, as well as other collaborators in the academic discipline of Christian spirituality, examine the subject from the various disciplinary and methodological perspectives. Some essays address critical issues in the definition of Christian spirituality; Its status as an academic discipline, its interdisciplinary character, and the scholar’s objectivity. Other essays explore the “edges” of Christian spirituality in dialogue with other disciplines: biblical spirituality, gender studies, the natural sciences and interfaith issues. Dr. Schneiders also contributes a chapter exploring her latest thinking on a fundamental theme: the relationship of spirituality to theology.

This stimulating collection of essays will challenge students and scholars of Christian spirituality, as well as practitioners, to continue thinking, discussing writing and practicing this young and growing discipline.

The Book

ISBN 0-8091-4216-3
Paulist Press
(800) 218-1903

For Table of Contents and Introduction, click here (520 Kb pdf)

Catholic Press Assocation Honerable Mention for Spirituality
(softcover) Books, 2007