n HTS : Theological Studies - First steps into the discipline : on the ‘spirit’ in the discipline of Christian spirituality - research

Volume 75 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0259-9422
  • E-ISSN: 2072-8050



In this article on entering the academic discipline of Christian Spirituality, terminological sensitivities in interdisciplinary work are taken as a point of departure. From this more general base, the following four points are argued: ‘Spirituality’ is a multivalence term, indicated from academic considerations and from non-academic writings of our time, with journalism serving as a productive example; terms ‘spirit’, ‘spirituality’ and ‘Holy Spirit’ ought not to be conflated with one another by new colleagues entering the discipline of Christian Spirituality; Christian Spirituality studies the experience-expression-dynamics of the Christian faith, and not the Holy Spirit as primary topic of investigation; however this should not be taken to imply an impoverished Christian theology, because the Trinity, as demonstrated, remains part of the core assumptions of this discipline.

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