Early Christian Spirituality for Today
This course will explore the use of early Christian spiritual practices for living in today’s world. We will cover a broad range of topics, including early Christian political and social witness, individual spiritual transformation, and the new worldview brought about by the Christian scriptures and theology. Our texts will include selections from the great spiritual writers of the early church, lay and ordained, male and female, monastic and secular. No experience is assumed, and all are welcome.
Professor Beeley has taught early Christian theology and spirituality at Yale Divinity School for the last fifteen years. He is an Anglican priest, a former spiritual director and candidate in adult psychoanalysis, and the author of Leading God’s People: Wisdom from the Early Church for Today.