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    Philip Sheldrake(Author)

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It has been suggested that 'spirituality' has become a word that 'can define an era'.Why? Because paradoxically, alongside a decline in traditional religious affiliations, the growing interest in spirituality and the use of the word in a variety of contexts is a striking aspect of contemporary western cultures. Indeed, spirituality is sometimes contrasted attractively with religion, although this is problematic and implies that religion is essentially dogma, moralism, institutions, buildings, and hierarchies.

The notion of spirituality 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. This Very Short Introduction, written by one of the most eminent scholars and writers on spirituality, explores the historical foundations of the thought and considers how it came to have the significance it is developing today.

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Deserves reading and referring to again and again. (The Reader)written by an eminent scholar in the field ... This is a clearly written and helpful book. (Rima Devereaux, Spirituality)

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  • PDF | 152 pages
  • Philip Sheldrake(Author)
  • OUP Oxford; 1st Edition edition (29 Nov. 2012)
  • English
  • 6
  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By MR HUGH BUTCHER on 4 November 2013

    An excellent overview: concise, comprehensive, readable, thoughtful and critical. Discursive rather than practical - I recommend it without reservation as an up-to-date introduction..

  • By Jen on 5 June 2015

    A short and concise overview on Spirituality. I would recommend this book, especially for those who are studying theology.

  • By Geoff Crocker on 26 November 2014

    This is an excellent introduction to, and call for, spirituality. Our consumer society and reductionist philosophy have left us with a materialist rationalist physical world with no account of our metaphysical being, whether intellectual, emotional, or spiritual.Philip Sheldrake presents overviews of religious and secular spirituality, offering a useful typology of ascetic, mystical, activist and prophetic spirituality. We are more spiritually aware in childhood, than we are later in life (p61). Spirituality is holistic, transformative, meaningful, coherent, heuristic, creative, individual and communal. It examines self, develops self, but transcends self. It invokes the sacred. It is a discipline. It gives us identity. Its hallmark is virtue.

  • By Anne on 6 July 2014

    helpful summary

  • By Leanne Phillips on 27 July 2013

    I think I was looking for something a bit more of a introduction. I found this a bit advanced, It's a short introduction but covers a lot for information!


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