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Chronology of Christian Spirituality: Getting Started


This Guide will list texts written by and about scholars whose theological reflections have created the canon of Christian spirituality.  In the tabs that follow, the texts listed in the Getting Started page will be supported by the visual images of those Church fathers and mothers whose names are also linked to the treatises they crafted.

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Internet Resources

Corpus Thomisticum, a full edition of the complete works of St. Thomas Aquinas

Monastic Matrix, a scholarly resource for the study of women's religious communities from 400 - 1600 CE

New Advent's The Fathers of the Church, patristic primary texts

Christian Classics Ethereal Library, an online digital library of class Christian texts

Biblia Clerus, Congregation for the Clery (The Holy See)

Papal Encyclicals Online, official documents of the Catholic Church

The Internet History Sourcebook Project, Paul Halsall, editor (Fordham University)

Spirituality of the Middle Ages, compiled by William Harmless, SJ (Creighton University)

The Periodical Historical Atlas of Europe, Designed and drawn (year 1 A.D. - A.D. 2000) by Christos Nüssli,Switzerland

Reference Resources

Blackwell Companion to Christian Spirituality, Arthur Holder

Christian spirituality : origins to the twelfth century edited by Bernard McGinn and John Meyendorff; in collaboration with Jean Leclercq

Christian spirituality : High Middle Ages and Reformation, edited by Jill Raitt in collaboration with Bernard McGinn and John Meyendorff

Christian spirituality : post-reformation and modern, edited by Louis Dupré and Don E. Saliers in collaboration with John Meyendorff

Ante-Nicene Christian Library; translations of the writings of the Fathers down to A.D. 325, Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson, editors

A Select library of Nicene and post-Nicene fathers of the Christian church : 2d series, Philip Schaff and Henry Wace, editors

Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina,Turnholti, Typographi Brepols

Patrologia Latina, J.P. Minge

Early Church Fathers (Christian Classics Ethereal Library)

Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature, edited by Frances Young, Lewis Ayres and Andrew Louth

History of Christian Spirituality, Louis Bouyer

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

New Dictionary of the Saints: east and west, Michael J. Walsh

Dictionnaire de Spiritualité: Ascetique et mystique, doctrine et histoire, edited by Marcel Viller, F. Callavera, J. de Guibert

New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality, Michael Downey

New Westminster dictionary of Christian spirituality, Philip Sheldrake

Dictionnaire de spiritualité ascétique et mystique, doctrine et histoire, publié sous la direction de Marcel Viller, S.J., assisté de F. Cavallera, et J. de Guibert, S.J., avec la concours d'un grand nombre de collaborateurs ...

Historical Dictionary of the Orthodox Church, Michael Prokurat

World Spirituality: An Encyclopedic History of the Religious Quest, edited by Ewert Cousins

Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, John Anthony McGuckin

New Catholic Encyclopedia, New Advent


Bibliographia patristica.  Internationale patristische (serial), Berlin

Bibliographia internationalis spiritualitatis (serial), a Pontificio Instituto Spiritualitatis O.C.D. edita

The Pauline writings:  an annotated bibliography, Mark A. Seifrid

Eastern Christianity:  a Bibliography Selected from the ATLA Religion Database, edited by Paul D. Petersen; Ruth F. Frazer, general editor

International Medieval Bibliography (online), edited by Alan V. Murray, founded by Robert S. Hoyt and Peter Sawyer

Subject Guide

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Divinity School Library

Library Catalogs

Duke Catalog - Includes books, DVD's, e-books and Special Collections material

TRLN - Combined Duke, NCCU, UNC and NCState library catalogs

WorldCat - Every library combined into enmormus searchable dataabase.  Shows Duke's holdings

Rare Book Manuscript and Special Collections Library - Direct link to RBMSCL