Spirituality: What It Is and Why It Matters by Roger S. GottliebSpirituality: What It Is and Why It Matters by Roger S. Gottlieb

Spirituality: What It Is and Why It Matters

byRoger S. Gottlieb

Paperback | November 28, 2012

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The concept of spirituality permeates modern culture: from academic book series on 'Classics of Western Spirituality' to self-help manuals, from the use of Buddhist mindfulness meditation (typically detached from Buddhist religious teachings) in medical treatment to "nature spirituality,"from spiritually oriented peace activists to spiritually oriented new age music. Spirituality has become a common part of our cultural vocabulary. It is not only an important concept in its own right but plays productive and significant roles in the realms of psychology, ecology, medicine, and evenpolitics. Millions call themselves "spiritual but not religious," academics describe much of contemporary religious life in the U.S. as focused on a spiritually oriented "seeking," and a quick search on Amazon.com turns up hundreds of books whose titles take the general form of The Spirituality of X orSpirituality and Y. At the same time, the concept is used in widely conflicting, often confusing ways. Most people think they know what it is when they see it, but attempts to define spirituality or understand it coherently are frequently limited, distorted, or ahistorical. Roger Gottlieb provides a lucid and accessible overview of what spirituality is, enabling readers to gain a clear-eyed understanding of the concept, its manifold connections to other aspects of personal and social life, its role as a positive psychological and social phenomenon, and some of therisks that attend it. The book combines thoughtful analysis with a generally sympathetic perspective in which spirituality is viewed as a potentially beneficial form of personal identity and practice, and a possible antidote to a number of the psychic ailments and social pathologies of contemporarysociety.
Roger S. Gottlieb is Professor of Philosophy at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Title:Spirituality: What It Is and Why It MattersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:November 28, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: What it Is1. Spirit in Motion2. The Spiritual Path3. Spirituality in Religious Tradition4. How Spirituality Became Modern5. Spiritual but Not Religious6. Practice, Practice, Practice7. Why Now?Part II: Why it Matters8. Spirituality and Healing9. Spirituality and Nature10. Spirituality and PoliticsPart III: End/Beginning11. Grace and DespairAcknowledgementsNotesIndex