Topic outline

  • Reading: The Syriac Fathers on Prayer and Spiritual Life

    Please post responses to the following questions by January 28, 2017.

    1. What is your overall impression of the Syriac Fathers and their spirituality?  

    2. Do you see any differences between their outlook and that of traditional Western Christianity?

    3. Which of the authors were your favorite?  For what reason?

    4. What passages in the book challenged you in your prayer life?

    Responses should be posted to the discussion board so that other students can read and respond.  Include at least two paragraphs on each question.  You will be evaluated on your answers AND on your responses to other students.

  • Reading: On Loving God

    Please post responses to the following questions by February 25, 2017.

    1. What is your overall impression of the St. Bernard of Clairvaux?  

    2. What contribution do you believe this writing makes to enhanced spirituality?

    3. What do you make of his perspective regarding this world and material things?  It is a spiritual outlook?

    4. Explain what you believe to be Bernard's "Degrees of Love."  Did you find his outlook on loving God helpful?  Why or why not?

    Responses should be posted to the discussion board so that other students can read and respond.  Include at least two paragraphs on each question.  You will be evaluated on your answers AND on your responses to other students.

    Beginning in March, assignments will come more frequently.  Therefore, YOU MUST STAY CAUGHT UP ON YOUR READINGS!

    Assignment schedule:

    John of the Cross Reflection- March 11

    Anabaptist Reading- March 25

    Knowing God-  April 8

    FINAL PAPER- April 15

  • Reading: Selections from the Dark Night of the Soul and Other Writings

    Be sure to answer the discussion questions concerning John of the Cross BEFORE March 11th at 11:59 pm.  Dark Night of the Soul is one of my favorite writings.  I pray you are blessed by it.

  • Reading: Early Anabaptist Spirituality

    Answer the following questions:

    1. What did you learn from the intensity of the AnaBaptist writers?

    2. How did their views concerning adult immersion agree with the Biblical ideal of baptism and in what ways did their views diverge from scripture?

    3. Would you consider the AnaBaptists to be Restorationists/New-Testament Christians?  Why or why not?

  • Reading: Knowing God

    As we are winding down, your last discussion post will be simply to tell me what you thought of "Knowing God."  In regard to spirituality, what impact did it have upon you?

    Due to my illness, your due date is extended to April 12th at 11:59 pm.

  • Final Paper

    DUE APRIL 15th, 11:59 pm