One Last Midterm

March 16, 2010

Working on my final midterm for “History of Christian Spirituality.” Its a take home. Here are the questions, in case you’re interested:

1) It has been said that Christian spirituality was “deformed” when Christian theologians and spiritual writers began to use the writings of Plato and Plotinus. Do you agree or disagree with this point of view? What in the Platonic and Neo-platonic traditions is compatible with Christianity, and what is opposed to it?
2) What are the theological implications of the visions described in the Martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicity?
3) What insights concerning the interrelationship between community and solitude are found in the biographies and other writings of the early Christian monastic movement?
4) The term “theosis” was commonly used in the early Church – and is still widely employed in the Christian East – in the contexts of soteriology, sacramental theology, and eschatology. Should we in the Catholic Church make greater use of this term in explaining theology to the modern world, and if so, how?



  1. Do we get to see your answers too!? 🙂 Praying for you!

  2. Suffice it to say that I don’t envy you in the slightest, Bryan. Will keep you in our prayers as you finish up your test(s).

  3. Bryan,
    I would be especially interested in your answer to #2. You are in our prayers!

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