A Comparative Research Conversation: American Catholic and German Protestant Spirituality Studies

Claire E. Wolfteich 1  and Jörg Schneider 2
  • 1 Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Spiritual Formation, Boston University School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • 2 Evangelisch-theologische Fakultät, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Liebermeisterstr. 12, 72076 Tübingen, Germany
Dr. Claire E. Wolfteich and Dr. Jörg Schneider


This article looks onto the latest developments of the field of spirituality from an American-Catholic and an European-Protestant perspective. Both perspectives are commented upon to broaden the view. The conditions of the developments and the present level of research are described for both regions. Further themes are denoted. In this way the research is linked up and deepened.

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The journal publishes contributions to an empirical-descriptive and critical-constructivist theory of the Church and religious practices. A guiding concept is a broad understanding of religious practice that examines diverse forms of lived religion as they relate to the normative self-concept of churches, ecclesiastical groups, and denominations.