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Contemporary Spiritualities : Social and Religious Contexts - Clive Erricker

Contemporary Spiritualities

Social and Religious Contexts

Paperback Published: 28th June 2007
ISBN: 9780826449481

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Spirituality is most often understood as a religious term remote from the social interactions of everyday life and from political motivations. This volume seeks to show that this is an erroneous view and that, unless we attend to the spiritual as a motivating force in the lives of individuals and communities, we shall misconceive the nature of social change and political complexity and lack awareness of the value of writing and thinking on the subject in relation to contemporary issues. In a world dominated by globalization and late-capitalist free-market economics we face a situation of increasing complexity in human affairs. In this context, diverse notions of the spiritual in relation to culture and identity are critical forces that require careful attention. Contemporary Spiritualities is an innovative study based on research into the significance of influential writers and thinkers and diverse communities. It seeks to map influences on the notion of the spiritual in relation to the cultural and religious plurality of contemporary society. It also promotes the importance of attending to spirituality in both academic and a socio-politcal context. Clive Erricker is Reader in the Study of Religions at University College Chichester. Jane Erricker is Principal Lecturer and Director of Research in the School of Education at King Alfred's College, Winchester.

"The book is readable and coherent." --Theological Book Review Feed the Minds "The book is readable and coherent." Theological Book Review Feed the Minds "The volume [...] demonstrates that the spiritual is essential to understanding human behaviour . . . It also opens a chink in the curtain between the canonically religious and the implicitly spiritual. The Religious Studies of the last two centuries may prove to have been the preparation for the investigation of such secularity." Journal of Contemporary Religion 17.2 (2002) "There is a lot of useful material here: readers looking for an introduction to Taize, the Society for Krishna Consciousness, the Amish, or figures such as Merton, Griffiths or the Dalai Lama, will find this book helpful. The second half of the book also stimulates to reflection on how to live a communal faith within post-modern culture. May of the issues it raises are vital ones: feminism, the nature of spiritual experience, how faith communities work, inter-faith relations, and the connection between prayer and social justice." David Keen, Yeovil ANVIL 19.3, 2002 "Contemporary Spiritualities is a welcome addition to the body of knowledge concerning the diversity of communities that organise both individual and communal life founded around the centrality of the sacred....the volume offers a wide range of religious and spiritual experience encompassing both individuals and communities...There is plenty to ponder in this volume..." International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 2002

Contributors
Foreword
Introduction
Influential Writers and Thinkers
Influential writers and thinkers: a retrospective reconsideration and a contemporary contextualizationp. 3
Mysticism and contemporary society: some Teilhardian reflectionsp. 15
Bede Griffiths and the one universal realityp. 32
Thomas Merton: monk for the contemporary worldp. 48
Jiddu Krishnamurti and the open secretp. 62
The Dalai Lama: dimensions of spiritualityp. 79
Carol Christ: feminist spirituality and narrative thealogyp. 93
Faith Communities
Faith communities: spiritual diversity, hope and tension in the modern worldp. 113
In the realm of the deathless: the Thai Buddhist Forest Retreat Orderp. 125
A society in transition: ISKCON's spiritual pathp. 143
The Amish: case study of a religious communityp. 159
'Until the power of the Lord comes down': African American Pentecostal spirituality and tarryingp. 173
Taize: a global and postcolonial theology of communityp. 192
The diaspora of the Khoja Shi'a Ithnasheeriesp. 208
Street spirituality: a narrative case study of a street communityp. 224
Bibliographyp. 238
Name indexp. 245
Subject indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780826449481
ISBN-10: 0826449484
Series: Issues in Contemporary Religion
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 28th June 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.7  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1