Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction

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It is a striking aspect of contemporary western culture that, alongside a decline in traditional religious affiliations, there has been a growing interest in spirituality and the use of the word in a variety of contexts. Indeed, spirituality is sometimes contrasted favorably with religion, which many people see (for good or ill) as an off-putting amalgam of dogma, moralism, institutions, buildings, and hierarchies. This Very Short Introduction, written by one of the most eminent scholars and writers on ...
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Overview


It is a striking aspect of contemporary western culture that, alongside a decline in traditional religious affiliations, there has been a growing interest in spirituality and the use of the word in a variety of contexts. Indeed, spirituality is sometimes contrasted favorably with religion, which many people see (for good or ill) as an off-putting amalgam of dogma, moralism, institutions, buildings, and hierarchies. This Very Short Introduction, written by one of the most eminent scholars and writers on spirituality, explores the historical foundations of spirituality and considers how it came to have the significance it has today. The notion of spirituality, Philip Sheldrake notes, expresses the fact that many people are driven by goals that concern more than material satisfaction. Broadly, it refers to the deepest values and sense of meaning by which people seek to live. Sometimes these values are conventionally religious. Sometimes they are associated with what is understood as "the sacred" in a broader sense--that is, of ultimate rather than merely instrumental importance. Looking at spirituality in religion, philosophy, anthropology, and psychology, Sheldrake sheds light on the concept of the spiritual "experience" and considers the impact and transformation it can have on individuals and on society.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780199588756
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/14/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,442,160
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Sheldrake is currently the Joseph Visiting Professor in the Department of Theology at Boston College. Sheldrake co-founded and directed (1984-94) the Institute of Spirituality at Heythrop College, University of London. For the last twenty five years he has been a leading figure in the field of spirituality as an interdisciplinary area of study.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Types and traditions
2. Spirituality as experience
3. Spirituality as way of life
4. Spirituality in society
5. Spirituality versus religion?
Conclusion

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

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    Spirituality is one of those things that everyone has some idea

    Spirituality is one of those things that everyone has some idea of what it is but it’s prohibitively hard to define. Leading a spiritually fulfilling life is arguably one of the overarching goals for most people, whether they acknowledge or accept it as such or not. In recent years there has been a trend, particularly in the west, for the term spiritual to designate people who have abandoned most affiliation with organized religion, yet don’t consider themselves to be strictly speaking “atheists.” On the other hand there is a trend even among the atheists for a more systematic approach to the transcendental questions and aspirations in life that don’t fall under the officially recognized secular practices. 




    This short introduction aims to explain spirituality and introduce the reader to various spiritual practices. It is an interesting overview of many different “spiritualties,” from those that derive from organized religions to those that seem much more contemporary and at first divorced from any spiritual concepts. 




    Even though this book is a nice introductory overview, it leaves a lot to be desired. For one, after reading it I don’t understand any better what spirituality as such is than before. It leaves me feeling that spirituality is a very vague notion to begin with, and almost infinitely malleable. A few attempts to systematize variety of spiritual approaches leave some of the most prominent aspects out – ritual observance, prayer, and theological study. Granted, some of these are mentioned in the book, but more as an afterthought and in passing. Furthermore, the author subtly and not-too-subtly characterizes various spiritual practices with value judgment that are obviously tainted by his own intellectual and moral persuasions – those of a post-modern European academic intellectual, with all of the secular pieties that this entails. From this perspective spirituality seems like little more than a way of imbuing the prevailing western liberal ideology with some deeper transcendental meaning. 




    If you want just a basic overview of some main spiritual approaches that are relevant today, then this book has some value. However, it’s neither a very critical nor probing look at the subject of spirituality. 

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