This course will cover the history of Christian Spirituality in the British Isles prior to the Protestant Reformation, including Celtic spirituality, Romano-British Christianity, Anglo-Saxon spirituality, and medieval English mysticism. Students will practice and reflect upon the spiritual disciplines described and prescribed in primary texts (The Cloud of Unknowing, Walter Hilton’s Scale of Perfection, Julian of Norwich’s Showings, Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of English People, Aelred of Rievaulx’s Spiritual Friendship, Celtic prayers and more) in order to better understand the texts in light of their experiences and their experiences in light of the texts. Their reflections will focus on the following two questions: How does the text inform my experience of the spiritual practice? And how does my experience of the spiritual practice inform and deepen my reading of the text?
January 16 - March 6, 2017
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Daniel London
The Rev. Daniel London, PhD, has taught courses on Christian Spirituality, the Gospel of John, World Religions and Christian Social Ethics at CDSP, GTU, and the Episcopal School for Deacons. He has presented papers at academic conferences across the country, including the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature and the Colloquium on Violence and Religion. His work has been published in Anglican Theological Review, Journal of Comparative Theology and Compass: A Review of Topical Theology. Recently, he completed his dissertation, in which he demonstrates how the Fourth Gospel can be used as a resource for praying the question of suffering. He currently serves as the Long-Term Supply Priest at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in San Rafael CA.