By Kieran Flanagan, Peter C. Jupp
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 vital severe divisions. this can be the 1st selection 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 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 offers undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers with a scholarly appraisal of a phenomenon which could in simple terms elevate in sociological importance.
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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. Like Flory and Miller, he suggests that there is a compelling dimension to the visual in modern culture that generates spiritual needs. The seemingly endless capacity of organised religion to re-invent its traditions and to follow Giordan in Chapter 9, to respiritualise their basis, suggests that new forms of culture can present old images in a new light, Tarkovsky’s film, on Andrei Rublev, the Russian icon painter being a case in point.
The notion of body-spirit unity enables us to look beyond our physical nature to our spiritual nature. Such a view also sets humanity apart from other species, thereby giving human personhood an implicit deep value, of being in God’s image. This in turn suggests the possibility that we can all be greater than who we are now, thus releasing us from the constraints of material circumstances. In reaching beyond ourselves, the notion of the human spirit also suggests the possibility of a supernatural life for all of us, both personally and together.
In different ways, both are seeking renewal but also a purification of practice of spirituality in a culture whose assumptions are stacked against such ambitions and their realisation. The emergence of what Flory and Miller term ‘expressive communalism’ points to a new form of spirituality that is well worth further sociological exploration. Many of these concerns with the communal dimension to spirituality and to its response to the social, what is in the visual, are pursued in the last chapter.