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The Practice of Spirituality

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520213968.003.0007
The Practice of Spirituality

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This chapter considers the possibility of an alternative to dwelling-oriented and seeking-oriented spiritualities. It studies the two ways scholars have recently written about U.S. religion, and notes the sudden revival of interest in spiritual practices. It discusses the distinguishing characteristics of a practice-oriented spirituality, which emphasize that the practice of spirituality assumes that developing a spiritual life requires deliberate effort, just like other practices. This chapter also considers the connection between spiritual practice and spiritual service and the value of spiritual practice.

Keywords: dwelling-oriented spirituality; seeking-oriented spirituality; spiritual practices; practice-oriented spirituality; spiritual service

Chapter.  14243 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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