Spiritual Revolution

Why Religion Is Giving Way to Spirituality (Religion in the Modern World)

By Heelas, Paul & Woodhead, Linda & Seel, Benjamin & Szerszynski, Bronislaw & Tusting, Karin

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Are we living through a 'spiritual revolution' in which traditional forms of religion are giving way to new forms of spirituality? Are yoga, reiki and other forms of holistic practice set to become more popular than churchgoing?This book addresses these questions by presenting findings from a major research project designed to chart the state of religion and spirituality today. Though it finds little to support more extreme claims of change, it discovers that spiritualities which engage with the depths of personal experience are faring far better than religions that demand conformity to higher truth. These developments are explained by drawing attention to the significance of a 'subjective turn' in the wider culture - whereby conformity to external obligations becomes less important than sensitivity to inner life and wellbeing.

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ISBN
978-1-40511-959-7
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Blackwell Publishing Professional


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Reviewed on February 1, 2005

In the aftermath of the recent U.S. presidential election, the media hit upon a key issue to which the outcome was directly attributed: moral values. Much ado was made of the sudden solidarity of these influential "values voters," whose behavior starkly belied dire predictions of advancing secularism. Does this indicate that traditional religions are indeed flourishing? Not according to Heelas and his coauthors (all Univ. ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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