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Spirituality and Society in the New Millennium : ELEANOR BRASCH - Ursula King

Spirituality and Society in the New Millennium


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At the beginning of the third millennium, concepts of spirituality are undergoing rapid transformation. While still closely connected to Christian values and beliefs, they are now also applied cross-culturally and used in interfaith and secular contexts. Voices around the globe affirm the urgent need for greater spiritual well-being, yet it is not clear how this can best be achieved or even what it means. The development of a wholesome spirituality relating to profound personal and social transformations may well be the most urgent task humanity has to address today. In this book, leading scholars of theology and religion explore the complex dynamics of different spiritual beliefs and practices and their effects on contemporary society. The editor's introductory essay examines the many understandings of spirituality in a postmodern intellectual and social context, but also looks at spirituality as both a personal quest and new academic field. The essays which follow, from a range of international contributors, present a rich tapestry of reflections on different aspects of spirituality. The contributions are grouped under three headings: Tradition and Change; Health and Education; and Culture and Politics.

Contents: Introduction: Spirituality, Society, and the Millennium -- Wasteland, Wilderness, or New Vision?; Interpreting Texts and Traditions; Female Godlanguage in Christian Spirituality; The Body as Meditative Locus in the Revelations of Julian of Norwich; Spirituality, Sexuality and Embodiment; From Transgression to Transformation: The Creative Potential of Gay Spiritualities for the New Millennium; Masculine Spirituality and Addiction: A Personal Journey; The Turn to Life in Contemporary Religion and Spirituality; The Biological Basis of Spiritual Awareness; Spirituality and Healing in a Scientific Age; Spiritual Development: Whose Responsibility is it Anyway?; Learning to Live: Spiritual Development in Higher Education; "Everything that Rises must Converge": Some Ideas for an Ethical Spirituality and a Spiritually-Enriched Ethic; Praxis Prior to Doctrine: New Models of Relationship in Contemporary Spirituality; From Tree to Rhizome: Pagan Spirituality, Science and Resistance in the New Millennium; Liberating Palestinian Theology -- the Need for a Contextual Spirituality; The Face of God in Every Generation: Jewish Feminist, Spirituality and the Legend of the Thirty-Six Hidden Saints; Mind, Body, Spirit -- the New Millennial Age?; Index.

ISBN: 9781903900291
ISBN-10: 1903900298
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 1st January 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 15.2 x 22.9  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.57