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Overlap and Contrasts between Forms of Spirituality from a Theological Perspective

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In the field of 'Spirituality' a lot has been written recently about taking into account the spirituality of people who do not go to church. Recently, there have been attempts to create a theology which allows for humanity in its pre-converted, pre-religious state to be considered as 'spiritual'. One can call it 'Romantic' to speak of the 'supra-natural' (surnaturel) condition of humanity as something which is truly natural, and which takes the form of a desire for the utmost good, a universal Providence. Spiritualities are ways of reading written traditions, that is, the works of Ignatius, as Michel de Certeau reminded us. Theology and history serve to make sense of experiences. But Christianity is a particular way, without universal claims, a personal mystery bound up with one's own story.

Keywords: Christianity; church; spirituality; theology; works of Ignatius

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