AAcademy of Parish Clergy Top Ten BookTheology is the doctrine of living unto God, wrote the Puritan theologian William Ames Unfortunately, post Enlightenment theology has tended to divorce doctrine from living unto God And to the degree that this split has been deepened and perpetuated, both theology and spirituality have been impoverishedSpiritual Theology is a rare book In it, Simon Chan surveys the little explored landscape where systematic theology and godly praxis meet, highlighting the connections between Christian doctrine and Christian living and drawing out the spiritual implications of particular aspects of systematic theology Allowing rational formulations to drop into the background, he brings the mystery of the faith to the foreChan begins with the principal doctrines of God, sin, salvation and the church He then progresses to a reflective consideration of the practice of the spiritual life, from prayer to spiritual direction Unabashedly evangelical and truly ecumenical, Chan grounds his exploration in the sources of the Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox traditions His work is well abreast of contemporary theological currents and crossculturally conversant from an Asian perspectiveSpiritual Theology is a book for those who care deeply about theology and spirituality, and strive to integrate the two It is well worth careful reflection and prayerful reading

10 thoughts on “Spiritual Theology: A Systematic Study of the Christian Life

  1. Jacob Landis Jacob Landis says:

    I really appreciated reading theology from an eastern point of view We take so many ideas for granted in our western Christianity Chan s writing is so in depth and well researched He relates how different theological ideas are interpreted or rethought in the eastern context while still deeply exploring the foundational view points from various church schools of thought Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, Charismatic, Anabaptist, etc of the different topics he looks at It can take a bit to wrap your mind around Not the best book for beginners, but a must read for those studying theology or spirituality Not totally comprehensive, but adequately comprehensive in the areas it does explore.

  2. Charles Bennett Charles Bennett says:

    It was helpful for me to gain an Asian perspective on Christian spirituality This book is comprehensive in scope since it gives a good summary of traditional Christian ascetical theology I will be using Chan s book in a study group focusing on Christian spirituality.

  3. denna denna says:

    Chan hits on essential issues within our current theology I HIGHLY recommend this read

  4. R Coleman R Coleman says:

    I like this book.

  5. Peter Carblis Peter Carblis says:

    Simon Chan is to be congratulated with a thoughtful, mature and balanced approach to this topic which is at once Scripturally faithful, respectful of the traditions and heritage of the Church as a whole, competent as scholarship and congruent the experience of many if not all who give themselves to the disciplines advocated in this excellent book.

  6. polo gonzalez polo gonzalez says:

    Deep and inspiring for a chilean pastor like me.

  7. Read Right Read Right says:

    The first half is a typical theological treatise The second half is about spiritual disciplines to put theology into practice The author pulls from all streams of Christianity not just one denomination Well written.

  8. Hugo Sola Hugo Sola says:

    Every serious committed Minister should have this book at hand and read it frequently It imparts a deep understanding of the several stages of spiritual growth.

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    Satisfied with purchase

  10. stg2bio.co Customer stg2bio.co Customer says:

    This book is too advance for someone who is working on a Master Degree Program in Theology I think it should be used for the PHD program.