By Kieran Flanagan, Peter C. Jupp

ISBN-10: 0754654583

ISBN-13: 9780754654582

ISBN-10: 0754686922

ISBN-13: 9780754686927

The emergence of spirituality in modern tradition in holistic varieties means that organised religions have failed. This thesis is explored and disputed during this ebook in ways in which mark very important serious divisions. this is often the 1st number 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, id politics, schooling and cultural capital. the connection among secularisation and spirituality is tested and attention is given to the importance of Simmel in terms of a sociology of spirituality. difficulties of defining spirituality debated, with concerns of its expression within the U.K., the united states, France and Holland. This well timed, unique and good dependent quantity presents undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers with a scholarly appraisal of a phenomenon which can merely bring up in sociological importance.

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In his section on religion and postmodernity, Varga shows how issues raised by a linkage of these were anticipated by Simmel in his approach to subjective and objective facets of culture. It is in this area that contemporary questions of spirituality belong and these can lead in a theological direction and away from purely matters of religion. As Varga concludes, the spirituality that concerned Simmel emerged from cultural circumstances that made inescapable demands to consider the transcendent and the ultimate.

Like Varga in Chapter 8, Flanagan uses Simmel to affirm a living basis to religion one infused with spirituality. Visual spirituality presupposes a capacity, a disposition to see, and, like Guest in Chapter 10, Flanagan employs the notion of spiritual capital as the resource for the exercise of habitus. He argues that ill-considered efforts to modernise have left the spiritual capital of Catholicism depleted. In addition, the spiritual dimensions to theology have been neglected. Nevertheless, he feels there are changes for the better in recent efforts of Catholicism to rehabilitate and to recast its notions of spirituality.

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