Christian Spirituality 2: Practices for Discernment and Discipleship. Both Scriptures and Christian tradition have emphasized the close relationship between theological reflections and personal spirituality. As the fourth century monastic theologian, Evagrius Ponticus, puts it, “theology is prayer and prayer is theology.” That is, proper theological reflection should give rise to a greater love for God which, in turn, informs our knowledge of God.
More than that, this transformative knowledge of God should also deepen our self-knowledge – the double knowledge underscored by Augustine and John Calvin.
Unfortunately, the transition from theological learning to self-knowledge and personal is not always straight forward. Some students don’t do so and end up having a ‘head full of knowledge but nothing much in the heart.’ For this reason, CS102 is introduced as a Spiritual Formation Practicum (SFP) to help each student renew and deepen her love for God, improve her own selfknowledge (her strengths and weaknesses), and also help discern her role in Christ's mission for the world.
To avoid student pre-occupation with academic performance, and to help them focus on deepening their relationship with God, this course will not be graded. Only a Pass will be awarded upon completion of the SFP.