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Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
ISBN: 9781118855669
Number of Pages: 240
Published: 04/07/2014
Width: 15.2 cm
Height: 23.1 cm

A Spiritual City provides a broad examination of the meaning and importance of cities from a Christian perspective.

  • Contains thought-provoking theological and spiritual reflections on city-making by a leading scholar
  • Unites contemporary thinking about urban space and built environments with the latest in urban theology
  • Addresses the long-standing anti-urban bias of Christianity and its emphasis on inwardness and pilgrimage
  • Presents an important religious perspective on the potential of cities to create a strong human community and sense of sacred space

Philip Sheldrake (Cambridge Theological Federation, UK and Oblate School of Theology, USA)

Philip Sheldrake is Senior Research Fellow at Westcott House in the Cambridge Theological Federation and Director, Institute for the Study of Contemporary Spirituality, Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio Texas. He has taught and written extensively in the field of Christian spirituality, on the nature of space and place in religion, and on spirituality more generally. He is involved internationally in interreligious dialogue. His dozen books include Spirituality: A Brief History, Second Edition (Wiley Blackwell, 2013), Explorations in Spirituality: History, Theology and Social Practice (2010), Spirituality and History, Second Edition (1998) and, as editor, New SCM/Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (2005). He is a Past President of the international Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality.

"This book is a must-read for anyone concerned about the future of cities - and that ought to be pretty much everyone, given that well over half the world's population now lives in cites, up from 29 per cent in 1950. In any event, Revelation makes it clear that if we don't live in one now, we shall, God willing." (Church Times, 27 March 2015)

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