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The journey to God through the spirituality of Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582)

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dc.contributor.advisor Kourie, Celia Ellen Teresa, 1946- en
dc.contributor.advisor Van Heerden, Michael Johann en Vietri, Christopher Daniel en 2009-08-25T10:55:41Z 2009-08-25T10:55:41Z 2009-08-25T10:55:41Z 2007-11-30 en
dc.identifier.citation Vietri, Christopher Daniel (2009) The journey to God through the spirituality of Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582), University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This study sets out to determine whether Teresa of Ávila's spirituality, especially her treatise, The Interior Castle, can still provide an appropriate guide for the journey to God in the world of the 21st century. This remarkable book offers a particularly unique contribution to Christian literature. To accomplish this goal, a study of the nature of Christian Spirituality is undertaken, followed by a brief history of Christian spirituality. This provides a backdrop for an examination of the historical setting against which the Interior Castle was written. The study then explores the seven mansions of the Interior Castle to gain an understanding of the journey to God and examines some of the most important and recurring themes in the book. The stages and forms of prayer which are central to the Interior Castle are discussed and the mystical experiences of the 'dark night of the spirit' and union with God are analysed. Lastly, the findings are evaluated to ascertain whether Teresa's writings are still relevant in this contemporary era for those embarking upon the journey towards God. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (v, 189 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Christian Spirituality en
dc.subject Teresa of Ávila en
dc.subject Interior Castle en
dc.subject Mysticism en
dc.subject Contemplation en
dc.subject Prayer en
dc.subject Meditation en
dc.subject Humility en
dc.subject Union with God en
dc.subject Dark Night of the Spirit en
dc.subject.ddc 248.22
dc.subject.lcsh Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582 -- Moradas
dc.subject.lcsh Spirituality -- Catholic Church
dc.subject.lcsh Mysticism -- Catholic Church
dc.title The journey to God through the spirituality of Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582) en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology en M. Th. (Christian Spirituality) en

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