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THE 535 God, Gender, and Christian Spirituality

This course examines selected spiritual classics written by both men and women of Christian faith across the span of Christian history. Attention is paid to the understandings of the human person and of God revealed in each spiritual path. The effects of culturally-constructed understandings of gender on the options open to individuals and the paths by which they appear to attain intimacy with God are also studied. Students engage the Catholic tradition of bridal mysticism, and are asked, in this context, to reflect upon contemporary perceptions of gender, spiritual virtuosity, and human eroticism. Students are also challenged by historical portrayals of deification and growth in Christlikeness to reflect upon how Christlikeness might be manifest in their own and others’ lives.