The Spirituality Revolution: The Emergence of Contemporary Spirituality

The Spirituality Revolution: The Emergence of Contemporary Spirituality

The Spirituality Revolution: The Emergence of Contemporary Spirituality

The Spirituality Revolution: The Emergence of Contemporary Spirituality

Synopsis

The spiritual life is no longer a specialist concern, restricted to those who belong to religious traditions. The spirituality revolution is a spontaneous movement in society, a significant new interest in the reality of spirituality and its healing effects on life, health, community and well being. The Spirituality Revolution: The Emergence of Contemporary Spirituality recognises that we have outgrown the ideals and values of previous times and reveals an image of the spiritual situation of our era. Recent discoveries in physics, biology, psychology and ecology have begun to restore status to previously discredited spiritual visions of reality and this book illustrates the ways in which we might uncover a universal spiritual wisdom that could transform our splintered world. Topics explored include the current state of the Western experience of spirit, our need for spiritual guidance when we cannot turn to organised religion in their traditional forms, and the creative potentials of spirit in education, personal experience, contemporary philosophy and popular feeling for the environment. The Spirituality Revolution addresses a major social issue which requires immediate attention if we are to creatively respond to spiralling outbreaks of depression, suicide, addiction and psychological suffering. It is a much-needed contribution to the field, of great interest to analytical psychologists, counsellors, educators and social workers, and to all those interested in spirituality and the future of religion. David Tacey is Associate Professor in Psychoanalytic Studies and Reader in Arts and Critical Enquiry at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of six books on spirituality, psychology and culture, including Jung and the New Age and Remaking Men .

Excerpt

Whatever side one takes in this debate about the 'return of the religious'…one still must respond. and without waiting. Without waiting too long. Jacques Derrida, Religion.

To the surprise of many, the term spirituality has become democratised. Ideals that for centuries an elite viewed as virtually unattainable now prompt spiritual growth in everyone. in a word, a'spirituality revolution' during the past thirty years has democratised pursuit of holiness. William Johnson, Recent Reference Books in Religion.

So the secular, this present, empirical epoch, this phenomenal world, studied by science, does not eliminate the sacred after all; to the contrary, it urges us on a spiritual quest. Holmes Rolston, Spirituality and the Secular Quest.

The 'soul of Britain'project found that seventy-six per cent of people in the uk admitted to having had a religious or spiritual experience. the figures contrast radically with statistics showing how church attendance is declining in all the mainstream Christian denominations. But if one looks at the figures on spiritual experience, they might suggest that we are in the midst of an explosive spiritual upsurge. David Hay and Kate Hunt, The Tablet.

Spirituality has rarely enjoyed such a high profile, positive evaluation, and even economic success as it does among Americans today. If religion is in serious trouble, spirituality is in the ascendancy and the irony of this situation evokes puzzlement and anxiety in the religious establishment, scrutiny among theologians, and justification among those who have traded the religion of their past for the spirituality of their present. Sandra Schneiders, The Santa Clara Lectures.

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