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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:
Tradition and Change: Critical perspectives, drawn from the humanities and social sciences, are here applied to Christian spirituality. Searching questions are asked about the extent to which Christianity has the resources the meet the spiritual challenges of western society in the new millennium.
Health and Education: Essays explore the contemporary “turn to life” in religions; the biological basis of spiritual awareness; spirituality and healing in a scientific age; the spiritual development of children in schools, and that of students in higher education.
Culture and Politics: The growing diversity of postmodern approaches to spirituality in contemporary culture is often linked to the quest for an integrated and socially-conscious spirituality. This presents a challenge to the religious status quo, but also attests to the persistence of the human quest for spiritual relevance and authenticity
|Hardback Price:||£45.00 / $65.00|
|Release Date:||May 2001|
|Page Extent / Format:||292 pp. / 229 x 152 mm|
List of Contributors
1 Introduction: Spirituality, Society, and the Millennium – Wasteland, Wilderness, or New Vision?
Part I Spirituality, Tradition and Change
2 Interpreting Texts and Traditions
3 Female Godlanguage in Christian Spirituality
Kari Elisabeth Børresen
4 The Body as Meditative Locus in the Revelations of Julian of Norwich
Kevin J. Magill
5 Spirituality, Sexuality and Embodiment
Janet K. Ruffing
6 From Transgression to Transformation: The Creative Potential of Gay Spiritualities for the New Millennium
7 Masculine Spirituality and Addiction: A Personal Journey
James B. Nelson
Part II Spirituality, Health and Education
8 The Turn to Life in Contemporary Religion and Spirituality
9 The Biological Basis of Spiritual Awareness
10 Spirituality and Healing in a Scientific Age
11 Spiritual Development: Whose Responsibility is it Anyway?
12 Learning to Live: Spiritual Development in Higher Education
Part III Spirituality, Culture and Politics
13 "Everything that Rises must Converge": Some Ideas for an Ethical Spirituality and a Spiritually-Enriched Ethic
14 Praxis Prior to Doctrine: New Models of Relationship in Contemporary Spirituality
15 From Tree to Rhizome: Pagan Spirituality, Science and Resistance in the New Millennium Dave Green
16 Liberating Palestinian Theology – the Need for a Contextual Spirituality
Judith G. Martin
17 The Face of God in Every Generation: Jewish Feminist Spirituality and the Legend of the
Thirty-Six Hidden Saints
18 Etty Hillesum: A Thinking Heart in a Darkened World
19 Mind, Body, Spirit – the New Millennial Age?
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