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Title: On the possibility of authentic Christian spirituality in the post-critical age
Author: Mullen, Peter
ISNI:       0000 0004 2736 7611
Awarding Body: Middlesex University
Current Institution: Middlesex University
Date of Award: 2000
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This project consists of three of my books (plus 2 chapters in another) and a summary statement on the topic entitled above. The books are: Being Saved (London, SCM 1985); Death Be Not Proud (London, Collins Fount 1989); Reason To Believe (London, Sinclair-Stevenson 1995); and the chapters appear in Anderson and Mullen ed; Faking It: The Sentimentalising of Society (London, The St Edmundsbury Press 1998). In Being Saved I made an extended comparison between the doctrines of traditional Christianity and the psychological theory C.G. Jung showing how these systems can cross-reference and cross-fertilise each other; and concluding that authentic spirituality can be enriched by such a comparison, but explicitly not concluding that Christian doctrine can be reduced to Jungian terms. In Death Be Not Proud I attempted a phenomenological study of the idea and experience of death and considered how this may be approached from the point of our awareness of the certainty of our own death and from the point of the bereaved. The book includes a sympathetic reflection on suicide and an argument for the trith of the doctrine of the resurrection to eternal life. Reason To Believe is a book of apologetics for the principal doctrines of Christianity as found in the Apostles' Creed, an argument for traditional texts in religious education and worship and a defence of the institutional church. In Faking It evidenced the widespread sentimentality in much contemporary worship and religious teaching and I identified this as an example of sentimentality which, religiously applied, I identified as inauthentic spirituality. The works show a continuity and development of though supported by a considerable project of reading and reflection which can be traced in the notes and bibliography.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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