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Present-Day Spiritualities in Confessional, Popular, Professional and Aesthetic Contexts: Contrasts or Overlap?

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To stimulate an interdisciplinary debate about present-day spiritualities, this chapter presents some basic thoughts on the main problem of current spirituality studies: the diversity of the topic. First it considers spirituality as a vague and indistinct category. All disciplines involved in researching the phenomenon are confronted with its vagueness and variability. The chapter offers a tentative specification of the subject, one that is wide enough to afford a common point of reference for all the relevant fields of investigation that have emerged over the years. The chapter presents an outline of forms of spirituality instead of merely sketching separate, unrelated aspects or components. The author presents her heuristic specification of spirituality: spirituality means following intuitions that can lead to fullness of life. The term 'fullness of life' indicates flourishing, dignity, wellbeing, wholeness, and purpose, even in the context of contingent experiences.

Keywords: spirituality; spirituality studies



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