Lectio Divina as Contemplative Pedagogy: Re-appropriating Monastic Practice for the Humanities

1st Edition

Mary Keator

Routledge
Published December 15, 2017
Reference - 226 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138299214 - CAT# Y365593
Series: Routledge Research in Education

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Summary

Offering an original application of the ancient monastic practice of lectio divina to the humanities, this book demonstrates the need for further emphasis on deep reading, reflection, and contemplation in contemporary university classrooms. Each chapter provides readers with an historical overview of the four movements of this monastic method: lectio (reading), meditatio (interpreting), oratio (responding), and contemplatio (experiencing wisdom), and suggests ways to incorporate these practices in humanites courses. Keator demonstrates that the lectio divina method is a viable pedagogical tool to guide students slowly and methodically through literary texts and into a subjective experience of wisdom and meaning.

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