"Christian Devotional Classics" Curriculum Project

Posted by tom | May 26, 2013

Note: Posted on the Emerging Scholars Network Facebook Wall. Inviting you to the conversation . . .

Salvation. "In those days* men had become keenly conscious of the strictly individual character of 'salvation.' Society -- which meant pagan society, limited by the horizons and prospects of life 'in this world' -- was regarded by them as a shipwreck from which each single individual man had to swim for his life. We need not stop here to discuss the fairness of this view; what matters is to remember that it was a fact. These were men who believed that to let oneself drift along, passively accepting the tenets and values of what they knew as society, was purely and simply a disaster. The fact that the Emperor was now Christian and that the 'world' was coming to know the Cross as a sign of temporal power only strengthened them in their resolve." -- Thomas Merton. "Wisdom of the Desert: Sayings of the Desert Fathers of the Fourth Century" (Boston: Shambhala Publications, 2004, 1-2). Do we likewise live in such a time/place? If so, how do we/you respond? If not, how do you distinguish our time/place from the Eastern Mediterranean world of the 4th Century?

Note: The final exam for my summer class in "Christian Devotional Classics"** is a "curriculum project” which attempts "to relate the major texts of the course to a 21st-century audience by 'bridging the hermeneutical gap' between past and present. . . . [including] all of the major devotional classics in the course, with evidence of knowledge of the historical and theological context in which they were written. It should also include commentary on and application of the readings to a contemporary audience in a specified ministry context."

Yes, this is my first step in this direction. If you have interest in reading/discussing some the the classics with me, please let me know. If you have experience in (or a vision for) sharing devotional classics/readings on-line, please drop me a line and share some advise with me, http://www.intervarsity.org/contact/emerging-scholars-network :) Yes, I'm going to have to keep the FB Wall posts a lot shorter, particularly as they feed into Twitter, but the blog has more space :) ~ Tom

*"In 4th century A.D. the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, Arabia, and Persia . . ."

**Evangelical Seminary, http://www.evangelical.edu/_files/live/CH_665_Syllabus_Su_13.pdf

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