The Brotherhood of the Common Life and Its Influence Book

The Brotherhood of the Common Life and Its Influence

  • Author : Ross Fuller
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 1995-03-09
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 353
  • ISBN 10 : 0791422445

The Brotherhood of the Common Life and Its Influence Book Description :

This book presents a lost tradition of inner work, the way of the householder, which was believed by the Brotherhood of Common Life to have been the teaching of the Apostles. It focuses on the emergence, amidst the decay of medieval culture, of “the mixed life,” this reconciliation of action and contemplation, as the essential link between Catholic spirituality and Protestantism. The transmission of this work to lay persons seeking the interior dimensions of their lives without withdrawing from the world is presented. The hitherto monastic spiritual exercises for strengthening attention are discussed in depth. The traditional and vital Christian knowledge of the human condition, which the Brothers and Sisters verified for themselves, is emphasized, especially the crucial significance of the force of attention in the recollection of oneself and God. The importance of strengthening attentive awareness is everywhere alluded to in the sources, but virtually ignored in current accounts of the Christian heritage. The book traces a transmission of spiritual exercises supported by a strongpsychological base that is strangely familiar to the climate of today’s search for meaning.

The Pontificate of Clement VII Book

The Pontificate of Clement VII

  • Author : Sheryl E. Reiss
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-03-02
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 520
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351883757

The Pontificate of Clement VII Book Description :

The pontificate of Clement VII (Giulio de' Medici) is usually regarded as amongst the most disastrous in history, and the pontiff characterized as timid, vacillating, and avaricious. It was during his years as pope (1523-34) that England broke away from the Catholic Church, and relations with the Holy Roman Emperor deteriorated to such a degree that in 1527 an Imperial army sacked Rome and imprisoned the pontiff. Given these spectacular political and military failures, it is perhaps unsurprising that Clement has often elicited the scorn of historians, rather than balanced and dispassionate analysis. This interdisciplinary volume, the first on the subject, constitutes a major step forward in our understanding of Clement VII's pontificate. Looking beyond Clement's well-known failures, and anachronistic comparisons with more 'successful' popes, it provides a fascinating insight into one of the most pivotal periods of papal and European history. Drawing on long-neglected sources, as rich as they are abundant, the contributors address a wide variety of important aspects of Clement's pontificate, re-assessing his character, familial and personal relations, political strategies, and cultural patronage, as well as exploring broader issues including the impact of the Sack of Rome, and religious renewal and reform in the pre-Tridentine period. Taken together, the essays collected here provide the most expansive and nuanced portrayal yet offered of Clement as pope, patron, and politician. In reconsidering the politics and emphasizing the cultural vitality of the period, the collection provides fresh and much-needed revision to our understanding of Clement VII's pontificate and its critical impact on the history of the papacy and Renaissance Europe.

Methodist Review Book

Methodist Review

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  • Release Date : 1898
  • Genre:
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  • ISBN 10 : PSU:000060098481

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Inner Christianity Book
Score: 4
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Inner Christianity

  • Author : Richard Smoley
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2002
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN 10 : 9781570628108

Inner Christianity Book Description :

An introduction to mystical and esoteric Christianity for the general reader, this book takes an in-depth look at the deeper, symbolic meanings behind the central concepts and practices of the Christian tradition including prayer, love, evil, forgiveness and salvation.

The Brethren of the Common Life Book

The Brethren of the Common Life

  • Author : Albert Hyma
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release Date : 2004-05-06
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 222
  • ISBN 10 : 9781592446827

The Brethren of the Common Life Book Description :

The Brethren of the Common Life was a religious organization in the Netherlands founded by Gerhard Groot in the last quarter of the fourteenth century. Groot was a lay preacher who spoke out against corruption and declining spirituality within the Church. The majority of the Brethren were laymen who devoted themselves to doing charitable work, nursing the sick, studying and teaching the Scriptures, and copying religious and inspirational works. They founded a number of schools that became famous for their high standards of learning. Many famous men attended their schools, including Nicholas of Cusa, Thomas a Kempis, and Erasmus, all of whom studied at the Brethren's school at Deventer. The Brethren's undogmatic form of piety became known as the 'devotio moderna' or 'new devotion' - a form which some historians have argued helped to pave the road for the Protestant Reformation.

Parabola Book


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  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: Myth
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : UCSC:32106019969614

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Mountain Path Book

Mountain Path

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  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Mysticism
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015081691498

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Women s Utopias of the Eighteenth Century Book

Women s Utopias of the Eighteenth Century

  • Author : Alessa Johns
  • Publisher : University of Illinois Press
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 212
  • ISBN 10 : 0252028414

Women s Utopias of the Eighteenth Century Book Description :

No human society has ever been perfect, a fact that has led thinkers as far back as Plato and St. Augustine to conceive of utopias both as a fanciful means of escape from an imperfect reality and as a useful tool with which to design improvements upon it. The most studied utopias have been proposed by men, but during the eighteenth century a group of reform-oriented female novelists put forth a series of work that expressed their views of, and their reservations about, ideal societies. In Women's Utopias of the Eighteenth Century, Alessa Johns examines the utopian communities envisaged by Mary Astell, Sarah Fielding, Mary Hamilton, Sarah Scott, and other writers from Britain and continental Europe, uncovering the ways in which they resembled--and departed from--traditional utopias. Johns demonstrates that while traditional visions tended to look back to absolutist models, women's utopias quickly incorporated emerging liberal ideas that allowed far more room for personal initiative and gave agency to groups that were not culturally dominant, such as the female writers themselves. Women's utopias, Johns argues, were reproductive in nature. They had the potential to reimagine and perpetuate themselves.

Thomas    Kempis Book
Score: 4
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Thomas Kempis

  • Author : Carolyn Nystrom
  • Publisher : InterVarsity Press
  • Release Date : 2010-08-27
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0830863508

Thomas Kempis Book Description :

Many have drawn closer to Christ through the writings of Thomas à Kempis. In à Kempis's The Imitation of Christ you will find a gracious invitation to follow the path that Jesus has walked ahead of you. This classic Christian work covers key topics of vibrant spiritual life: conforming your life to Christ's, living with humility, keeping a pure conscience and friendship with Jesus. As you work through Carolyn Nystrom's Christian Classics Bible Study based on à Kempis's thought and teaching, you'll have the opportunity to grapple with Scripture and reflect on how you can draw closer to Christ.