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Spiritual direction and the encounter with God : a theological inquiry

Author: William A Barry
Publisher: Mahwah, N.J. : Paulist Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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"Is what we call 'the encounter with God' merely a depth experience of the psyche or does it have a specific theological character? In this revised edition of his best selling book, William Barry shows how it is possible to understand an encounter with the Triune God in this world, and how that process can be interpreted and aided by a spiritual director. Using the insights of John Macmurray and John Smith, Barry  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William A Barry
ISBN: 0809142945 9780809142941
OCLC Number: 55665191
Description: xii, 111 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Understanding God's presence in the world --
The religious dimension of experience --
A theology of Trinity and of community --
The development of the relationship with God --
A theology of discernment of spirits --
A theology of the ministry of spiritual direction.
Responsibility: William A. Barry.

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"Is what we call 'the encounter with God' merely a depth experience of the psyche or does it have a specific theological character? In this revised edition of his best selling book, William Barry shows how it is possible to understand an encounter with the Triune God in this world, and how that process can be interpreted and aided by a spiritual director. Using the insights of John Macmurray and John Smith, Barry describes how a relationship with God develops and how one can discern whether a particular experience is from God or not. This understanding of religious experience comes from a theology of community, communal discernment and ministry in the church. This book will be helpful to spiritual directors, educators and theologians, as well as all educated seekers desiring a deeper relationship with God. In this revised edition, the author has added reflections on God's presence to suffering and evil and to evildoers, updated the bibliography, and freshened his examples for the 21st-century reader" -- Amazon.com.
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