Spirituality: What It Is and Why It Matters [NOOK Book]

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Winner of the Nautilus Silver Award
Spirituality is a unique account of spirituality from traditional religion to the present that reveals the common thread that joins Mahayana Buddhism and Hasidic Judaism, the Sufi Rumi and the Catholic St. Thomas a Kempis, people of all faiths and those who are "spiritual but not religious." Roger S. Gottlieb argues that spirituality is the simple but extraordinarily difficult attempt to face life's rigors and disappointments by becoming more ...
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Overview

Winner of the Nautilus Silver Award
Spirituality is a unique account of spirituality from traditional religion to the present that reveals the common thread that joins Mahayana Buddhism and Hasidic Judaism, the Sufi Rumi and the Catholic St. Thomas a Kempis, people of all faiths and those who are "spiritual but not religious." Roger S. Gottlieb argues that spirituality is the simple but extraordinarily difficult attempt to face life's rigors and disappointments by becoming more mindful, accepting, grateful, compassionate, and lovingly connected to others. These virtues oppose both the social ego's attachment and arrogance, and any habitual, unreflective religiosity; and the path towards them can be shared equally by people inspired by belief in one God or many, the divinity of nature or the sacredness of life.
Spirituality examines the promises and perils of spiritual life as understood both within and outside of traditional faiths, explains the rise of the widespread spiritual detachment from institutional religion, and offers illuminating accounts of yoga, meditation, and prayer. There are also insightful studies of spirituality's relation to modern medicine, nature and the environmental crisis, and political activism.
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"The single best book giving an objective look at the burgeoning interest in spirituality that exists in the English language." —Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor-in-chief of Tikkun

"We agree with Gottlieb when he affirms a piece of wisdom which traveled the world: 'Do your best and leave the rest to God'...Gottlieb puts his faith in grace and in the human capacity for transformation."—Spirituality & Practice

"Roger Gottlieb has created a piece of art in surveying the literature on how meditation and Yoga might help reduce pain and suffering, then switching to a heart-felt narration of struggles within his own family." — Christopher Chapple, Loyola Marymount University

"This book validates and provides grounding for the wide range of discussions and claims around 'spirituality.' It is much needed in a time when many claim to be 'spiritual' rather than 'religious,' eschewing organized religion for individualized experiences of the sacred."—Stephanie Kaza, Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Vermont

"Gottlieb is an outstanding scholar whose work in areas related to spirituality is well known and much appreciated. This book is timely, perhaps overdue, given the extensive interest in 'things spiritual' in the broader culture, the intense concern for a more eclectic approach to 'the spiritual' in the larger culture, and the need for a single volume text that offers a survey of opinions, options and practices."—Bill J. Leonard, James and Marilyn Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and Professor of Church History, Wake Forest University

"Spirituality is a concept that requires attention given its inconsistent yet ubiquitous employment in a full range of contemporary human endeavors. Gottlieb's judicious selection of representative examples of figures and practices will give readers some tools to help better understand and define spirituality without falsely representing it as a uniform phenomenon."—Diane L. Moore, Senior Lecturer on Religious Studies and Education, Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions, and Director of the Religious Literacy Project and the Certificate in Religious Studies and Education, Harvard Divinity School

"Gottlieb s explorations are critical to our times, as new medical threats arise from superbugs, climate disasters, and accumulating environmental toxins." — Stephanie Kaza, University of Vermont

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199987092
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/29/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 391,892
  • File size: 17 MB
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Meet the Author

Roger S. Gottlieb is Professor of Philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: What it Is
Chapter 1: Spirit in Motion
Chapter 2: The Spiritual Path
Chapter 3: Spirituality in Religious Tradition
Chapter 4: How Spirituality Became Modern
Chapter 5: Spiritual but Not Religious
Chapter 6: Practice, Practice, Practice
Chapter 7: Why Now?
Part II: Why it Matters
Chapter 8: Spirituality and Healing
Chapter 9: Spirituality and Nature
Chapter 10: Spirituality and Politics
Part III: End/Beginning
Chapter 11: Grace and Despair
Acknowledgements
Notes
Index

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