Contemporary Spiritualities: Social and Religious Contexts

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Clive Erricker, Jane Erricker
A&C Black, Aug 1, 2001 - Religion - 252 pages
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Spirituality can be understood within both a religious and secular context. Fuelled by the controversy that surrounds different understandings of human identity and notions of progress, knowledge and truth in modernist and postmodernist contexts, the concept of spirituality is a hotly contested topic of debate as to its relevance within contemporary culture and its meaning within religious traditions. This book aims to inform readers on this debate and contextualize it within these different frames of reference. It approaches the topic of spirituality with an identification of the major influences on contemporary thinking and presents a coherent framework of understanding that links divergent thinking into a common goal. Writings range across different thinkers and practitioners within established religious tradition, contemporary movements and those who operate within psychological and 'secular' understandings. Focusing on the question 'what does it mean to be human?' this engaging study attempts to overcome the divide between secular and religious understandings of spirituality.
  

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Contents

a retrospective
3
Bede Griffiths and the one universal reality
32
monk for the contemporary world
48
Jiddu Krishnamurti and the open secret
62
dimensions of spirituality
79
feminist spirituality and narrative
93
spiritual diversity hope and tension
113
Forest Retreat Order
125
case study of a religious community
159
African
173
a global and postcolonial theology
192
The diaspora of the Khoja Shia Ithnasheeries
208
a narrative case study of
224
Bibliography
238
Name index 245
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ISKCONs spiritual path
143

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Clive Erricker is Reader in the Study of Religions, University College Chichester, UK. Jane Erricker is lecturer at King Alfred's University College, Winchester.

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