Spirituality and Public Character: A Qualitative Cross-Sectional Study of Master of Divinity Students in Toronto

From: Volume 6NS, Issue 2: Fall 2002 Pages 119-137


The purpose of this qualitative, cross-sectional study of Master of Divinity students in Toronto was to explore their understandings of spirituality and its relationship to public life and social issues. While there were shared themes in the seminarians'?? perceptions of spirituality across the theological traditions, this study demonstrates significant differences exist regarding how spirituality is best expressed. Apart from students in the Jesuit tradition, there was little connection between Christian spirituality and public life. The essay concludes with theological reflections and educational implications



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