Traditions of Spirituality - Lesson 1

The Apostolic Age

The Apostolic Age, the Ancient Church, the Apologists, and the Great Tradition.

Don Davis
Traditions of Spirituality
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  • The Apostolic Age, the Ancient Church, the Apologists, and the Great Tradition.

  • Monastic writers have had a significant influence on the development and transmission of theology in the Medieval and Reformation periods in church history. 

  • The postmodern challenge is simply stated: every attempt to describe ‘what it meant’ is in fact only an assertion of what it means to me, or worse, what we will it to mean. Stated in these terms, the real issue comes to light: the question of authority and the locus of the word of God.

  • We should listen with respect to the voice of the past, but we are not bound by it. The teaching of the past must be tested: not by our prejudices; not by its applicability to our situation today (for which it was not written); but by the word of God, the Scriptures.

  • The purpose, elements, and advantages of shared spirituality. The presence of God is usually and normally experienced in the context of Christian community which reflects and reenacts the life of Christ in the world.

  • Dynamic church planting movements embody and defend both the canonical Scriptures and the Great Tradition.

  • Sowing good seed: First steps in recapturing the Great Tradition through shared spirituality.

Dr. Davis emphasizes the ways in which evangelical Protestants, especially those who are only loosely connected to a particular Church tradition, can be renewed and revived through a retrieval of the Great Tradition. Of great interest in this class are the elements, purposes, and ramifications of sharing a distinct spirituality grounded in that Tradition, and what the impact this sharing can have on our individual, family, and congregational lives.