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The Spiritual in the Secular

The Spiritual in the Secular

Missionaries and Knowledge about Africa

  • Author: Patrick Harries,David Maxwell
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • ISBN: 0802866344
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 341
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David Livingstone's visit to Cambridge in 1857 was seen as much as a scientific event as a religious one. But he was by no means alone among missionaries in integrating mission with science and other fields of research. Rather, many missionaries were remarkable, pioneering polymaths. This collection of essays explores the ways in which late-nineteenth- and twentieth-century missionaries to Africa contributed to various academic disciplines, such as linguistics, ethnography, social anthropology, zoology, medicine, and many more. This volume includes an introductory chapter by the editors and eleven chapters that analyze missionary research and its impact on knowledge about African contexts. Several themes emerge, including many missionaries' positive views of indigenous discourses and the complicated relationship between missionaries and professional anthropologists. Contributors: John Cinnamon Erika Eichholzer Natasha Erlank Deborah Gaitskell Patrick Harries Walima T. Kalusa John Manton David Maxwell John Stuart Dmitri van den Bersselaar Honor Vinck

The Modern Spirit of Asia

The Modern Spirit of Asia

The Spiritual and the Secular in China and India

  • Author: Peter van der Veer
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 1400848555
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 296
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The Modern Spirit of Asia challenges the notion that modernity in China and India are derivative imitations of the West, arguing that these societies have transformed their ancient traditions in unique and distinctive ways. Peter van der Veer begins with nineteenth-century imperial history, exploring how Western concepts of spirituality, secularity, religion, and magic were used to translate the traditions of India and China. He traces how modern Western notions of religion and magic were incorporated into the respective nation-building projects of Chinese and Indian nationalist intellectuals, yet how modernity in China and India is by no means uniform. While religion is a centerpiece of Indian nationalism, it is viewed in China as an obstacle to progress that must be marginalized and controlled. The Modern Spirit of Asia moves deftly from Kandinsky's understanding of spirituality in art to Indian yoga and Chinese qi gong, from modern theories of secularism to histories of Christian conversion, from Orientalist constructions of religion to Chinese campaigns against magic and superstition, and from Muslim Kashmir to Muslim Xinjiang. Van der Veer, an outspoken proponent of the importance of comparative studies of religion and society, eloquently makes his case in this groundbreaking examination of the spiritual and the secular in China and India.

Lourdes

Lourdes

Body And Spirit in the Secular Age

  • Author: Ruth Harris
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 014188990X
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 496
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Lourdes was at the very centre of nineteenth century debates on religion, science and medicine. Both the Church and secularists championed the 'miracle' town as crucial in shaping how society should think about the mind, body and spirit. Since the ‘visions’ of Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 transformed the quiet Pyrenean town into an international tourist and pilgrimage destination, it has been a site for controversy. In her well-crafted and carefully researched book, Harris deftly places Lourdes and its attendant spiritual movement firmly at the centre of French history and shows its significance in the country’s development.

A Religion of One's Own

A Religion of One's Own

A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World

  • Author: Thomas Moore
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1592408842
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 288
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Thomas Moore explores the myriad possibilities of creating a personal spiritual style, either inside or outside formal religion. Two decades ago, Moore's Care of the Soul touched a chord with millions yearning to integrate spirituality into their lives. He now recounts the benefits of contemplative living that he learned during his monastic years, but also the more imaginative spirituality that he later embraced. Moore weaves experiences of everyday people with the wisdom of philosophers, writers and artists who have infused their lives with transcendence.

Seeking the Sacred

Seeking the Sacred

Leading a Spiritual Life in a Secular World

  • Author: Thomas Moore,Roméo Dallaire,Martin Rutte,Marion Woodman
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • ISBN: 1550227246
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 140
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Speaking from experience—where things can go wrong and wrongs can remain unrighted—the five modern thinkers in this collection offer ways to maintain a spiritual life outside of a strictly religious context. Based on the acknowledgement that religious doctrine and academic paradigm do not always have adequate answers for the world's complicated problems, the essays draw on a rich mosaic of beliefs, customs, and study to address issues from social justice and morality to consciousness and the place of faith. Noted thinker Thomas Moore explores the nature of the soul, while General Roméo Dallaire shares his trials of faith in the face of evil from his 1994 tour in Rwanda. Other ways for spirituality to inform daily life are also dealt with, from putting a wish for peace into action to reaching out to others in a time of need. As these writers name parts of everyday life as sacred and worthy of devotion, they help to lead readers who are seeking something greater in their lives down a mindful, spiritual path.

The Religious, the Spiritual, and the Secular

The Religious, the Spiritual, and the Secular

Auroville and Secular India

  • Author: Robert Neil Minor
  • Publisher: SUNY Press
  • ISBN: 9780791439913
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 208
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The Religious, the Spiritual, and the Secular presents an account of Auroville, a city in contemporary southeast India, and the vision of founder and well-known guru Sri Aurobindo. Auroville s eventual takeover and the promotion of its goals by the Indian government leads to a thought-provoking discussion of the meaning of secularism in India."

The Hollywood Commandments

The Hollywood Commandments

A Spiritual Guide to Secular Success

  • Author: DeVon Franklin,Tim Vandehey
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0062684329
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 256
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DeVon Franklin, New York Times bestselling author of The Wait and prominent Hollywood producer, reveals that secular and spiritual success are not opposites. To have one, you need the other. You can be wildly successful without losing your faith. In fact, your secular success will strengthen your faith if you allow it. Too often we believe that success in secular environments contradicts the core principles of faith, but the opposite is true: Your faith was designed to thrive in the secular world and to transform it as a result. You may never experience the true fulfillment you were created for until you pursue the secular ambitions in your heart. New York Times bestselling author DeVon Franklin knows this to be true. In The Hollywood Commandments, the prominent Hollywood producer and spiritual success coach reveals 10 life-changing lessons picked-up from his over-twenty-year career in the entertainment business. You won’t learn these lessons in the church yet they will help you achieve an amazing life and thriving career that glorifies God. The Hollywood Commandments will help you: Identify how to use what makes you unique to propel your career. Overcome fear and build the courage to pursue new opportunities waiting for you. Gain the confidence to make important life decisions with greater peace and clarity. Negotiate the life and career advancement you deserve. No, you don’t have to work in Hollywood for this book to work for you, these "commandments" apply to every walk of life! If you are stuck, looking for the secrets to advance your career, or have a feeling there’s more to life, this book is for you.

Spirituality and the State

Spirituality and the State

Managing Nature and Experience in America's National Parks

  • Author: Kerry Mitchell
  • Publisher: NYU Press
  • ISBN: 1479837652
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 272
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America’s national parks are some of the most powerful, beautiful, and inspiring spots on the earth. They are often considered “spiritual” places in which one can connect to oneself and to nature. But it takes a lot of work to make nature appear natural. To maintain the apparently pristine landscapes of our parks, the National Park Service must engage in traffic management, landscape design, crowd-diffusing techniques, viewpoint construction, behavioral management, and more—and to preserve the “spiritual” experience of the park, they have to keep this labor invisible. Spirituality and the State analyzes the way that the state manages spirituality in the parks through subtle, sophisticated, unspoken, and powerful techniques. Following the demands of a secular ethos, park officials have developed strategies that slide under the church/state barrier to facilitate deep connections between visitors and the space, connections that visitors often express as spiritual. Through indirect communication, the design of trails, roads, and vista points, and the management of land, bodies and sense perception, the state invests visitors in a certain way of experiencing reality that is perceived as natural, individual, and authentic. This construction of experience naturalizes the exercise of authority and the historical, social, and political interests that lie behind it. In this way a personal, individual, nature spirituality becomes a public religion of a particularly liberal stripe. Drawing on surveys and interviews with visitors and rangers as well as analyses of park spaces, Spirituality and the State investigates the production and reception of nature and spirituality in America’s national park system. Instructor's Guide

Catholic Spirituality and Prayer in the Secular City

Catholic Spirituality and Prayer in the Secular City

  • Author: Robert A. Burns
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • ISBN: 9780761841272
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 131
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Catholic Spirituality and Prayer in the Secular City presents the role of religion and spirituality in a rapidly changing religious scenario. Author Robert A. Burns explores ways Catholics have been called upon to develop their spiritual lives in the most religious pluralistic society that has ever existed.

Spirit in the Dark

Spirit in the Dark

A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics

  • Author: Josef Sorett
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0190606827
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 304
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Most of the major black literary and cultural movements of the twentieth century have been understood and interpreted as secular, secularizing and, at times, profane. In this book, Josef Sorett demonstrates that religion was actually a formidable force within these movements, animating and organizing African American literary visions throughout the years between the New Negro Renaissance of the 1920s and the Black Arts movement of the 1960s. Sorett unveils the contours of a literary history that remained preoccupied with religion even as it was typically understood by authors, readers, and critics alike to be modern and, therefore, secular. Spirit in the Dark offers an account of the ways in which religion, especially Afro-Protestantism, remained pivotal to the ideas and aspirations of African American literature across much of the twentieth century. From the dawn of the New Negro Renaissance until the ascendance of the Black Arts movement, black writers developed a spiritual grammar for discussing race and art by drawing on terms such as "church" and "spirit" that were part of the landscape and lexicon of American religious history. Sorett demonstrates that religion and spirituality have been key categories for identifying and interpreting what was (or was not) perceived to constitute or contribute to black literature and culture. By examining figures and movements that have typically been cast as "secular," he offers theoretical insights that trouble the boundaries of what counts as "sacred" in scholarship on African American religion and culture. Ultimately, Spirit in the Dark reveals religion to be an essential ingredient, albeit one that was always questioned and contested, in the forging of an African American literary tradition.

A SECULAR AGE

A SECULAR AGE

  • Author: Charles TAYLOR
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 9780674026766
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 874
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Presents an analysis of secularism in the modern age.

Person-centred counselling and Christian spirituality

Person-centred counselling and Christian spirituality

the secular and the holy

  • Author: Brian Thorne
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • ISBN: 9781861560803
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 163
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This second volume of Brian Thorne's collected works, shows convincingly that the spiritual needs and yearnings of many clients presenting themselves to secular counsellors can no longer be ignored, trivialised or pathologised. The book constitutes an impassioned plea both to person-centred therapists to acknowledge the centrality of spiritual issues for many of their clients and also to Christians to embrace the richness of their spiritual tradition without becoming entangled in the death-dealing complexity of religious and institutional power-mongering.

Sacred and Secular in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures

Sacred and Secular in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures

New Essays

  • Author: L. Besserman
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1403977275
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 238
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This book illuminates the pervasive interplay of 'sacred' and 'secular' phenomena in the literature, history, politics, and religion of the Middle Ages and Early Modern periods. The essays gathered here constitute a new way of applying a classic dichotomy to major cultural phenomena of the pre-modern era.

Secularism in Antebellum America

Secularism in Antebellum America

  • Author: John Lardas Modern
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 0226533239
  • Category: History
  • Page: 313
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Ghosts. Railroads. Sing Sing. Sex machines. These are just a few of the phenomena that appear in John Lardas Modern’s pioneering account of religion and society in nineteenth-century America. This book uncovers surprising connections between secular ideology and the rise of technologies that opened up new ways of being religious. Exploring the eruptions of religion in New York’s penny presses, the budding fields of anthropology and phrenology, and Moby-Dick, Modern challenges the strict separation between the religious and the secular that remains integral to discussions about religion today. Modern frames his study around the dread, wonder, paranoia, and manic confidence of being haunted, arguing that experiences and explanations of enchantment fueled secularism’s emergence. The awareness of spectral energies coincided with attempts to tame the unruly fruits of secularism—in the cultivation of a spiritual self among Unitarians, for instance, or in John Murray Spear’s erotic longings for a perpetual motion machine. Combining rigorous theoretical inquiry with beguiling historical arcana, Modern unsettles long-held views of religion and the methods of narrating its past.

Spiritual Resources in Family Therapy, Second Edition

Spiritual Resources in Family Therapy, Second Edition

  • Author: Froma Walsh
  • Publisher: Guilford Press
  • ISBN: 1606238388
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 412
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Exploring the role of spirituality in couple and family relationships, this successful text and practitioner guide illustrates ways to tap spiritual resources for coping, healing, and resilience. Leading experts in family therapy and pastoral care discuss how faith beliefs and practices can foster personal and relational well-being, how religious conflicts or a spiritual void can contribute to distress, and what therapists can gain from reflecting on their own spiritual journeys. The volume is rich with insights for working with multi-faith and culturally diverse clients.

How (Not) to Be Secular

How (Not) to Be Secular

Reading Charles Taylor

  • Author: James K. A. Smith
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • ISBN: 0802867618
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 152
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How (Not) to Be Secular is what Jamie Smith calls "your hitchhiker's guide to the present" -- it is both a reading guide to Charles Taylor's monumental work A Secular Age and philosophical guidance on how we might learn to live in our times. Taylor's landmark book A Secular Age (2007) provides a monumental, incisive analysis of what it means to live in the post-Christian present -- a pluralist world of competing beliefs and growing unbelief. Jamie Smith's book is a compact field guide to Taylor's insightful study of the secular, making that very significant but daunting work accessible to a wide array of readers. Even more, though, Smith's How (Not) to Be Secular is a practical philosophical guidebook, a kind of how-to manual on how to live in our secular age. It ultimately offers us an adventure in self-understanding and maps out a way to get our bearings in today's secular culture, no matter who "we" are -- whether believers or skeptics, devout or doubting, self-assured or puzzled and confused. This is a book for any thinking person to chew on.

The Secular City

The Secular City

Secularization and Urbanization in Theological Perspective

  • Author: Harvey Cox
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 1400848857
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 408
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Since its initial publication in 1965, The Secular City has been hailed as a classic for its nuanced exploration of the relationships among the rise of urban civilization, the decline of hierarchical, institutional religion, and the place of the secular within society. Now, half a century later, this international best seller remains as relevant as when it first appeared. The book's arguments--that secularity has a positive effect on institutions, that the city can be a space where people of all faiths fulfill their potential, and that God is present in both the secular and formal religious realms--still resonate with readers of all backgrounds. For this brand-new edition, Harvey Cox provides a substantial and updated introduction. He reflects on the book's initial stunning success in an age of political and religious upheaval and makes the case for its enduring relevance at a time when the debates that The Secular City helped ignite have caught fire once again.

The Rise of Liberal Religion

The Rise of Liberal Religion

Book Culture and American Spirituality in the Twentieth Century

  • Author: Matthew Hedstrom
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0195374495
  • Category: History
  • Page: 278
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Winner of the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Best First Book Prize of the American Society of Church History Named a Society for U. S. Intellectual History Notable Title in American Intellectual History The story of liberal religion in the twentieth century, Matthew S. Hedstrom contends, is a story of cultural ascendency. This may come as a surprise-most scholarship in American religious history, after all, equates the numerical decline of the Protestant mainline with the failure of religious liberalism. Yet a look beyond the pews, into the wider culture, reveals a more complex and fascinating story, one Hedstrom tells in The Rise of Liberal Religion. Hedstrom attends especially to the critically important yet little-studied arena of religious book culture-particularly the religious middlebrow of mid-century-as the site where religious liberalism was most effectively popularized. By looking at book weeks, book clubs, public libraries, new publishing enterprises, key authors and bestsellers, wartime reading programs, and fan mail, among other sources, Hedstrom is able to provide a rich, on-the-ground account of the men, women, and organizations that drove religious liberalism's cultural rise in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Critically, by the post-WWII period the religious middlebrow had expanded beyond its Protestant roots, using mystical and psychological spirituality as a platform for interreligious exchange. This compelling history of religion and book culture not only shows how reading and book buying were critical twentieth-century religious practices, but also provides a model for thinking about the relationship of religion to consumer culture more broadly. In this way, The Rise of Liberal Religion offers both innovative cultural history and new ways of seeing the imprint of liberal religion in our own times.

Religion for Atheists

Religion for Atheists

A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion

  • Author: Alain De Botton
  • Publisher: Signal
  • ISBN: 0771025998
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 336
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From the author of The Architecture of Happiness, a deeply moving meditation on how we can still benefit, without believing, from the wisdom, the beauty, and the consolatory power that religion has to offer. Alain de Botton was brought up in a committedly atheistic household, and though he was powerfully swayed by his parents' views, he underwent, in his mid-twenties, a crisis of faithlessness. His feelings of doubt about atheism had their origins in listening to Bach's cantatas, were further developed in the presence of certain Bellini Madonnas, and became overwhelming with an introduction to Zen architecture. However, it was not until his father's death -- buried under a Hebrew headstone in a Jewish cemetery because he had intriguingly omitted to make more secular arrangements -- that Alain began to face the full degree of his ambivalence regarding the views of religion that he had dutifully accepted. Why are we presented with the curious choice between either committing to peculiar concepts about immaterial deities or letting go entirely of a host of consoling, subtle and effective rituals and practices for which there is no equivalent in secular society? Why do we bristle at the mention of the word "morality"? Flee from the idea that art should be uplifting, or have an ethical purpose? Why don't we build temples? What mechanisms do we have for expressing gratitude? The challenge that de Botton addresses in his book: how to separate ideas and practices from the religious institutions that have laid claim to them. In Religion for Atheists is an argument to free our soul-related needs from the particular influence of religions, even if it is, paradoxically, the study of religion that will allow us to rediscover and rearticulate those needs. From the Hardcover edition.

Spirituality and the secular quest

Spirituality and the secular quest

  • Author: Peter Higbie Van Ness
  • Publisher: Herder & Herder
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 562
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Eminent scholars shed light on the beliefs and practices of large numbers of people who describe themselves as spiritual even though they acknowledge no strong bond of doctrine or community with any historical religion. Topics covered include feminism, environmentalism, gay liberation, 12-step programs, therapy, mountain climbing, chiropractic, painting, nature study, playing computer games.