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Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction

Philip Sheldrake

November 2012

ISBN: 9780199588756

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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With a decline in traditional religious belief, interest in spirituality has grown hugely in Western cultures. The notion of spirituality expresses the fact that many people are driven by goals that concern more than material satisfaction. Philip Sheldrake explores the historical foundations of spirituality and considers how it transforms lives.

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With a decline in traditional religious belief, interest in spirituality has grown hugely in Western cultures. The notion of spirituality expresses the fact that many people are driven by goals that concern more than material satisfaction. Philip Sheldrake explores the historical foundations of spirituality and considers how it transforms lives.

  • Written by one of the most eminent scholars and writers on spirituality
  • Looks at the impact of spirituality on religion and philosophy, but also on anthropology and psychology
  • Considers the historical foundations of spirituality in the major world religions
  • Explores the concept of the spiritual 'experience' and considers the impact and transformation it has on society
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over five million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Philip Sheldrake, Senior Research Fellow in the Cambridge Theological Federation, Honorary Professor of the University of Wales, and a regular visiting professor in the United States.

Professor Philip Sheldrake is currently Senior Research Fellow in the Cambridge Theological Federation (Westcott House), Honorary Professor of the University of Wales, and a regular visiting professor in the United States. He is also a member of the Guerrand-Hermès Forum for the Interreligious Study of Spirituality. Philip Sheldrake co-founded and directed (1984-94) the Institute of Spirituality, Heythrop College University of London. He is on the editorial boards of three international academic journals. For the last twenty five years he has been a leading figure in the field of spirituality as an interdisciplinary area of study.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:Types and traditions
    2:Spirituality as experience
    3:Spirituality as way of life
    4:Spirituality in society
    5:Spirituality versus religion?
    Conclusion

Reviews

"Deserves reading and referring to again and again." - The Reader

"written by an eminent scholar in the field ... This is a clearly written and helpful book." - Rima Devereaux, Spirituality