'Edited by Bernard McGinn and John Meyendorff in collaboration with Jean Leclerq.'
1 Scripture and spirituality -- Sandra M. Schneiders. Part 1 -- Periods and movements. 2 The early Christian community -- John D. Zizioulas. 3 Gnostic spirituality -- Robert M. Grant. 4 The spiritual message of the great fathers -- Charles Kannengiesser. 5 Monasticism and asceticism. I. Eastern Christianity--Jean Gribomont. II. Western Christianity--Jean Leclercq. 6 The uplifting spirituality of Pseudo-Dionysius--Paul Rorem. 7 Christianity and cultural diversity. I. The spirituality of Syriac--speaking Christians--Roberta C. Bondi. II. Spirituality in Celtic and Germanic society--Pierre Riche. 8 The Gregorian reform--Karl F. Morrison. 9 The religious world of the twelfth century. I. Introduction--Bernard McGinn. II. Anselm of Canterbury and his influence--Benedicta Ward. III. The Cistercians--Basil Pennington. IV. The regular canons--Grover A. Zinn. Part 2 -- Themes and values. 10 The role of Christ. I. Christ as savior in the East--John Meyendorff. II. Christ as savior in the West--Bernard McGinn. 11 The trinity. I. The trinity in the Cappadocians--Thomas Hopko. II. The trinity in Latin Christianity--Mary T. Clark. 12 The human person as image of God. I. Eastern Christianity--Lars Thunberg. II. Western Christianity--Bernard McGinn. 13 Grace: the Augustinian foundation--J. Patout Burns. 14 Liturgy and spirituality. I. Eastern liturgical theology--Paul Meyendorff. II. Sacraments and liturgy in Latin Christianity--Pierre-Marie Gy. 15 Icon and art--Leonid Ouspensky. 16 Ways of prayer and contemplation. I. Eastern--Kallistos Ware. II. Western--Jean Leclercq. 17 The notion of virginity in the early church--Peter Brown. 18 Spiritual guidance--(Sr.) Donald Corcoran. 19 The practice of Christian life--the birth of the laity--Jacque Fontaine
'Throughout its long and complex history Christianity has always insisted upon the primacy of the inner meaning of Christian documents, rituals, and institutions--their spiritual depth. This volume and the two that will follow it...are an attempt to present the inner meaning of Christian belief and practice in a way that will be at once historically accurate and existentially pertinent.'