By Kieran Flanagan, Peter C. Jupp
The emergence of spirituality in modern tradition in holistic types means that organised religions have failed. This thesis is explored and disputed during this ebook in ways in which mark vital serious divisions. this can be the 1st choice of essays to evaluate the importance of spirituality within the sociology of faith. The authors discover the connection of spirituality to the visible, individualism, gender, identification politics, schooling and cultural capital. the connection among secularisation and spirituality is tested and attention is given to the importance of Simmel with regards to a sociology of spirituality. difficulties of defining spirituality debated, with concerns of its expression within the U.K., the united states of america, France and Holland. This well timed, unique and good based quantity presents undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers with a scholarly appraisal of a phenomenon which can in simple terms bring up in sociological importance.
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Their stories are well illustrated. Often liberal theologians are perplexed at the conservative movements of the younger generation, many of whom are dismissed as trading in trivia and nostalgia. Flory and Miller do much to destroy such stereotypes. The spiritual questing of these Reclaimers relates to a need to find a point of stability in the flux of life. Their spiritual quests reflect a recovery of tradition, notably in liturgy which caters for their visual and ritual needs. The indefiniteness of postmodern life and the rootlessness of their culture, with its endless capacities for experimentation, generate an emptiness that can be resolved by a rooting in tradition.
This lack inhibits our visualising and practicing spirituality as a valid relational aspect to faith. The Church’s failure could well be one of the reasons why we have seen such an increase of interest in the subject. Though having said that, the Hebrew concept of ‘body–spirit’ unity based on Genesis 3 suggests a holistic view of human makeup, an equality and a balance in the two aspects of our one nature. Body and spirit co-exist and co-mingle within one another in our one holistic nature. This Hebrew model contrasts with the idea that spirituality is the good ‘core’ to human nature, as the Greeks tended to see it.
Individualism might well emerge as a property of postmodernity, but its genesis also lies in cultural and religious traditions, a point Droogers draws out specifically in relation to The Netherlands. A particular attraction of the two chapters is the way they handle the domestic responses of the Churches to secularisation and to competition from alternative forms of spirituality. Assimilation and accommodation mark their responses, in particular affirming the liberal basis of Dutch Catholicism.
A Sociology of Spirituality by Kieran Flanagan, Peter C. Jupp