Spirituality, Old and New

Don Cupitt

in Is Nothing Sacred?

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780823222032
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235322 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Spirituality, Old and New

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This chapter talks about the beginning of the development of new global religious vocabulary. It also discusses the idea that most religious vocabularies of today are difficult to use without having to go back to using traditional religious vocabularies and our dissatisfaction with traditional spirituality has several related strands. The chapter asserts that we should accepts the old view of spirituality as a way of acting out and confirming the way to happiness. The chapter suggests that we are currently changing over from classical spirituality. The old spirituality was predominantly ascetical while the new spirituality is closer in rage to art. We must see religion as concerned simply with life itself and indeed it is an intermediate between ethics and art in which we act out a representation of what our life might be like.

Keywords: religious vocabulary; traditional; spirituality; ascetical; religion; ethics; art

Chapter.  4400 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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