Fundamentally Opposed to Spirituality

“A spirituality revolution is taking place in Western and Eastern societies as politics fails as a vessel of hope and meaning. This revolution is not to be confused with the rising tide of religious fundamentalism, although the two are caught up in the same phenomenon: the emergence of the sacred as a leading force in contemporary society. Spirituality and fundamentalism are at opposite ends of the cultural spectrum.

Spirituality seeks a sensitive, contemplative, transformative relationship with the sacred and is able to sustain levels of uncertainty in its quest because respect for mystery is paramount. Fundamentalism seeks certainty, fixed answers and absolutism, as a fearful response to the complexity of the world and to our vulnerability as creatures in a mysterious universe.

Spirituality arises from love of and intimacy with the sacred and fundamentalism arises from fear of and possession of the sacred. The choice between spirituality and fundamentalism is a choice between conscious intimacy and unconscious possession.”

David Tacey

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  1. #1 by Steve B on June 2, 2009 - 8:25 am

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned (and on occasion, RE-learned) is not to judge another’s walk too harshly, as God has an amazing way of working things out.

    Though I don’t necessarily agree with some of your conclusions, I can certain respect your point of view.

    • #2 by Christian Beyer on June 2, 2009 - 8:58 am

      Thanks Steve. BTW – don’t know why your last comment went into the moderation que. Sorry about that.

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