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Crossing Boundaries: The Way of Interspirituality

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Abstract A large number of twenty-first century women and men are profoundly dissatisfied with the role of religion in society. Many organised religions are in decline; there is often an “allergic reaction” towards institutional churches due to their dogmatic intransigence, clericalism, abuse of power and autocratic structures. However, concomitant with these developments, there is an unprecedented paradigm shift, whereby postmodern spirituality opens up the treasures of the mystical, and aesthetic, not only in one’s own tradition, but also in other religious traditions. Inter-religious dialogue is now complemented by interspiritual exchange, which takes place not only at an intellectual and cognitive level, but also at the level of experience and empathic understanding of the other. We are living in an Interspiritual Age, and are reaping the fruits of the pioneering efforts of those who have crossed the boundaries of diverse traditions, and have shared with us the fruits of this exchange.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, University of South Africa P. O. Box 392, 0003 UNISA Republic of South Africa


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