Spirituality Old & New: Recovering Authentic Spiritual Life  -     By: Donald G. Bloesch
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Spirituality Old & New: Recovering Authentic Spiritual Life

Inter-Varsity Press / 2007 / Paperback

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Surveying the diverse history of Christian thought, renowned theologian Bloesch offers incisive guidance to a spirituality that is biblically based. Although fully appreciating the contributions of various streams of modern ecclesiastical philosophies, he also critically engages the current plethora of religious influences on the faith of contemporary believers. Includes appendixes on mysticism, Gnosticism, and more. 196 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 196
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0830828389
ISBN-13: 9780830828388
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Donald Bloesch surveys this history of Christian thinking on the nature of the spiritual life. In his own charitable, ecumenical yet evangelical way he provides incisive guidance toward a genuine Christian spirituality that is firmly rooted in biblical faith and fully aware of the positive contributions of various streams of Christian tradition, while critically engaging the current plethora of options being offered today.

Author Bio

Donald G. Bloesch (1928-2010) earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and was professor of theology emeritus at Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He did postdoctoral work at the universities of Oxford, Tbingen and Basel. He wrote numerous books, including and the seven-volume Christian Foundations series. He also served for a time as president of the Midwest Division of the American Theological Society.

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"Donald Bloesch's Spirituality Old & New is an extraordinary gift to Christians everywhere, pastors and laity alike. It's really all about walking with God under the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit. Amid all the fads, half-truths, dead ends and dangers, Bloesch steers us with a steady, experienced, biblical hand to the goal---which is not about our 'feeling it' but about God 'receiving it'--the praise and devotion he deserves. This just has to be put on everyone's all-time top five list of books on the topic."
"Donald Bloesch rightly believes, as did one of his favorite authors P. T. Forsyth, that it is dangerous to cultivate our own piety when we should rather seek God for peace. This volume explains not only why this assertion is true, but it does so with exceptional clarity and ecumenical irenicism. This is a book desperately needed when many evangelicals are moving away from biblical personalism. Bloesch is a master teacher, and the church desperately needs the wisdom of his excellent book. It ought to be required reading by every teacher of spiritual formation--Protestant, Catholic or Orthodox."
"Who among evangelical theologians can provide a more authoritative word on 'spirituality old and new' than Donald G. Bloesch? In his new book by that title, Bloesch is discerning and critical, yet open and winsome; erudite and edifying; wise but passionate. Readers will find an analysis of the dangers lurking everywhere in spiritualities old and new in our culture today, and also Bloesch's robust biblical, historical, evangelical alternative. The book's subtitle, Recovering Authentic Spiritual Life, has been a central focus of Bloesch's interest, research and reflection from the very beginning of his career that now spans over fifty years. While Bloesch learns from many, he is a slave to none as he adds yet another jewel to his long list of publications. This is the most significant contribution to the conversation on spirituality by an evangelical in quite some time."
"Here is a biblical and churchly 'spirituality' so needed today as an alternative to the New Age nostrums that crowd the mall bookstore shelves. Along the way, Donald Bloesch examines a range of offerings for the cure of souls that includes classical mysticism--its strengths and weaknesses--current gnosticisms in Christian garb and their post-Christian equivalents while making his powerful case for a Christocentric spiritual life of loving God and serving the world."

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    Bloesch was a gift to the church. He had a wonderful ability to see and present complex issues with clarity. In the church today, there is a justifiable desire to live out our faith in a way that would be considered spiritual. But especially in the American church, this can lead to all sorts of self expression that have more in common with the human potential movement than authentic Christianity. Bloesch, using his foundational principal of balancing the Word with the Spirit, exposes us to the possibility of a truly spiritual life. But this meaningful life is to be found by delving deeper into the timeless truths of our faith, not by following trends. The modern experiment, with it's focus on the individual, must be swallowed up by a surrender to the God of our fathers.
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    This is a good tool for Christian Education. Makes you ask yourself some very tough questions.

    As usual, the product came in a timely manner and it meets and exceeds the requirement I was looking for.
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