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The Spirituality Revolution
The Emergence of Contemporary Spirituality

ISBN 9781583918746
Published August 13, 2004 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

The spiritual life is no longer a specialist concern, restricted to those who belong to religious traditions. The spirituality revolution is a spontaneous movement in society, a significant new interest in the reality of spirituality and its healing effects on life, health, community and well being.

The Spirituality Revolution: The Emergence of Contemporary Spirituality recognises that we have outgrown the ideals and values of previous times and reveals an image of the spiritual situation of our era. Recent discoveries in physics, biology, psychology and ecology have begun to restore status to previously discredited spiritual visions of reality and this book illustrates the ways in which we might uncover a universal spiritual wisdom that could transform our splintered world. Topics explored include the current state of the Western experience of spirit, our need for spiritual guidance when we cannot turn to organised religion in their traditional forms, and the creative potentials of spirit in education, personal experience, contemporary philosophy and popular feeling for the environment.

The Spirituality Revolution addresses a major social issue which requires immediate attention if we are to creatively respond to spiralling outbreaks of depression, suicide, addiction and psychological suffering. It is a much-needed contribution to the field, of great interest to analytical psychologists, counsellors, educators and social workers, and to all those interested in spirituality and the future of religion.

David Tacey is Associate Professor in Psychoanalytic Studies and Reader in Arts and Critical Enquiry at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of six books on spirituality, psychology and culture, including Jung and the New Age and Remaking Men.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Present Situation. Rising Waters. Spirit Without Form. Youth Spirituality. Part 2: Youth Spirituality. Going to the Underground Stream. Student Spirituality and Educational Authority. Mind the Gap: Youth Spirituality and Religion. Spiritual Education: A Difficult Kind of Bliss. Losing My Religion, Recovering From the Sacred Discernment. Part 3: Discernment. Post-religion: The Return to Beginnings. Authenticity and Spirituality. Towards a New Image of God Concluding Reflections. Part 4: Concluding Reflections. Youth, Cultural Crisis and Ecospirituality. What Can Religion Do? The Spirituality Gap: Credibility and Supernaturalism. Winning Back Our Connections.

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'It is sometimes possible to recommend a book without hesitation. This is such a book. It is exceptionally intelligent, readable, timely and full of hope. Tacey's mature comments, for example on fundamentalism, on the link between wholeness and perfection, on the distinction between spirituality and spiritualism, and his entire critique of comtemporary religion (focused mainly on Christianity), so succinctly and reasonably put, are worth the price of the book alone'. - Dr Larry Culliford, Network Review: Journal of the Scientific and Medical Network, Winter 2004