By P. Ranft
Given the importance of religious course in sleek Christianity, strangely little recognition has been given to the culture upon which contemporary religious path is equipped. This booklet delinates the heritage of non secular path for girls and by way of girls in the higher context of the background of Christian spirituality and its figuring out of human perfectibility. by means of studying the ways that ladies practiced non secular path, this research unearths the measure to which girls inspired society through the use of an street of impression formerly neglected by means of students.
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71 Here we have the portrait of a woman whose spirituality focused on relationships. To Nonna the center of each person was one’s spiritual being, and thus no relationship was complete without a union of spirits. ” Nonna had a deep appreciation for the marriage bond and a sophisticated comprehension of how sex functions to bring about this bond, but she also believed the person was more than merely the physical. A person was body and soul, and unless she added “to the bodily union, a close connexion in the spirit,” the relationship would be lacking.
If he were the sole figure we could turn to for proof, the argument would indeed be weak. Such is not the case, however, for the other two Cappadocian fathers, Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, provide similar evidence. Both received spiritual guidance from women, and both believe that salvation transcends divisions of gender and class. We have already heard Gregory of Nyssa’s testimony about how the spiritual direction Macrina gave Basil at that key moment of young adulthood radically affected his life.
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