Spirituality of the Inner Self

Robert Wuthnow

in After Heaven

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780520213968
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924444 | DOI:
Spirituality of the Inner Self

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This chapter discusses the connection between spirituality and the inner self. Interest in the inner self was renewed during the late 1980s and 1990s, as part of Americans' quest for spirituality. This chapter begins with two examples of how the inner self has helped people find their spirituality. It then studies the changing nature of the self, which also reviews the contrast between dwelling and seeking. It also addresses two contrasting beliefs that focusing on the self could prevent a person from being guided by a religious community, or could help a person develop deeper spirituality. The chapter also tries to determine if the spirituality of the inner self is the same as traditional religion.

Keywords: inner self; nature of the self; dwelling; seeking; traditional religion; religious community; deeper spirituality

Chapter.  11440 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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