What is the shape of spirituality in the Christian tradition? How have believers in the church throughout its history responded to the call to prayer, meditation, the study of Scripture, spiritual conflict and the reality of suffering and evil in the world? In this course we will read classic texts by both men and women—from patristic, medieval, reformation and modern periods—that deal with these central questions of Christian spirituality. We will learn to read devotionally, seeking to foster a deeper life of prayer from what we have read together.
- Pick his brain for more christian history knowledge
I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Hall's teaching. He is very knowledgeable about the history of the church, and the church father's. This recording is him teaching a class about 4 different writings from Chrysostom's On the Priesthood
Bernard of Clairvaux: "The Steps of Humility and Pride"
Julian of Norwich: Showings
John Owen: Triumph Over Temptation
Mother Teresa: Total Surrender
One could wade through the above writings, but getting a synopsis of these writings from someone who has already done the wading is very helpful. Most of the writers wrote in old English, and it is not easy reading, but they indeed have some important information for us today. The only negative was that since it is in a classroom setting, some times you could not hear the question from the student. If Dr. Hall would have repeated the question, it would have been helpful. Otherwise, excellent listen. I am looking for more teaching from him since I was so impressed, and want to pick his brain for more Christian History knowledge. He has written several books, and has other mp3's elsewhere.