Our world is certainly troubled. There is so much hostility, so much greed, so much unfairness. For many people today, the way through the hardness of day to day life is through “spirituality.” Indeed, “spirituality” is on the rise in our society. Whatever the growling New Atheists say, it is a fact that the majority of people yearn to find some sense of meaning in a form of spirituality.
Even Christians may have leanings this way too. For example, in taking my students through the first era of Church History I have had cause on several occasions to call to their attention that practically all of the so-called great leaders in the early Church for the first five centuries were ascetics. That is, they believed in celibacy and simple diet and longed for solitude. Well, which of these is spirituality? Are any of them “spiritual” per se? I don’t think so. Read more »