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1 CS 501 Introduction to Christian Spirituality A Philosophy of Christian Spirituality The Rule of Life

2 PHILOSOPHY OF CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY – THE DEFINITION Becky Towne Christian spirituality is a way of connecting the finite with the eternal through interactions and intersections of relationship as a follower of Christ Jesus

3 PHILOSOPHY OF CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY – BUILDING THE PHILOSOPHY Becky Towne Christian spirituality is a way of connecting the finite with the eternal through interactions and intersections of relationship as a follower of Christ Jesus Relationship with God – study, responsiveness, attentiveness, spiritual practices

4 PHILOSOPHY OF CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY – BUILDING THE PHILOSOPHY Becky Towne Christian spirituality is a way of connecting the finite with the eternal through interactions and intersections of relationship as a follower of Christ Jesus Relationship with God – study, responsiveness, attentiveness, spiritual practices Relationship with others –biblical love, community- building, corporate spirituality

5 PHILOSOPHY OF CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY – BUILDING THE PHILOSOPHY Becky Towne Christian spirituality is a way of connecting the finite with the eternal through interactions and intersections of relationship as a follower of Christ Jesus Relationship with God – study, responsiveness, attentiveness, spiritual practices Relationship with others –biblical love, community- building, corporate spirituality Relationship with self – spiritual balance, removal of barriers, rest, reflection, integrity

6 PHILOSOPHY OF CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY Becky Towne 2012 Christian spirituality involves living a life in balance relationally, transformationally, and vocationally. Connecting with God, others, and self (relational) Becoming more like Christ (transformational) Doing the will of God (vocational)

7 RULE OF LIFE – ITS NATURE Chan, 190ff Patterns of Disciplines Not a set of rules to make oneself good and acceptable before God

8 RULE OF LIFE – ITS NATURE Chan, 190ff Patterns of Disciplines Not a set of rules to make oneself good and acceptable before God A new or renewed pattern of discipline to achieve ascetical proficiency as a participant within the Kingdom of God

9 RULE OF LIFE – ITS NATURE Chan, 190ff Patterns of Disciplines Not a set of rules to make oneself good and acceptable before God A new or renewed pattern of discipline to achieve ascetical proficiency as a participant within the Kingdom of God Spiritual Rhythms Fits secular work into a spiritual rule rather than the other way around

10 RULE OF LIFE – ITS NATURE Chan, 190ff Patterns of Disciplines Not a set of rules to make oneself good and acceptable before God A new or renewed pattern of discipline to achieve ascetical proficiency as a participant within the Kingdom of God Spiritual Rhythms Fits secular work into a spiritual rule rather than the other way around Establishes a rhythm to maintain spiritual focus

11 RULE OF LIFE – ITS NATURE Chan, 190ff Patterns of Disciplines Not a set of rules to make oneself good and acceptable before God A new or renewed pattern of discipline to achieve ascetical proficiency as a participant within the Kingdom of God Spiritual Rhythms Fits secular work into a spiritual rule rather than the other way around Establishes a rhythm to maintain spiritual focus Status of a Rule Rules lack benefit when viewed as ends unto themselves

12 RULE OF LIFE – ITS NATURE Chan, 190ff Patterns of Disciplines Not a set of rules to make oneself good and acceptable before God A new or renewed pattern of discipline to achieve ascetical proficiency as a participant within the Kingdom of God Spiritual Rhythms Fits secular work into a spiritual rule rather than the other way around Establishes a rhythm to maintain spiritual focus Status of a Rule Rules lack benefit when viewed as ends unto themselves Embracing a rule reorders life according to one’s philosophy of Christian spirituality

13 RULE OF LIFE - PURPOSES Reinforces holy habits Becomes second nature Reaches a degree of proficiency

14 RULE OF LIFE - PURPOSES Reinforces holy habits Becomes second nature Reaches a degree of proficiency Views spiritual life as holistic integration Spiritual disciplines Spiritual exercises

15 RULE OF LIFE - PURPOSES Reinforces holy habits Becomes second nature Reaches a degree of proficiency Views spiritual life as holistic integration Spiritual disciplines Spiritual exercises Functions as a standard of measurement Individual and corporate dimensions Personal and social dimensions

16 RULE OF LIFE – INDIVIDUAL AND CORPORATE Prayerfully covers the whole of life Should strike a balance between flexibility and perseverance Personal Rule

17 RULE OF LIFE – INDIVIDUAL AND CORPORATE Prayerfully covers the whole of life Should strike a balance between flexibility and perseverance Should be simple, easy to remember, and within reasonable reach Personal Rule

18 RULE OF LIFE – INDIVIDUAL AND CORPORATE Prayerfully covers the whole of life Should strike a balance between flexibility and perseverance Should be simple, easy to remember, and within reasonable reach Personal Rule Can be used as a guide for the personal rule, when a common rule is already adopted Common Rule

19 RULE OF LIFE – INDIVIDUAL AND CORPORATE Prayerfully covers the whole of life Should strike a balance between flexibility and perseverance Should be simple, easy to remember, and within reasonable reach Personal Rule Can be used as a guide for the personal rule, when a common rule is already adopted Involves placing oneself under some kind of external accountability, often embraced publicly Common Rule

20 WEBSITES OF INTEREST 9 (Definition of a Rule of Life) 9 benedict.html (Rule of St. Benedict) benedict.html

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