Contemporary Spiritualities: Social and Religious Contexts by Clive Erricker, Jane Erricker

By Clive Erricker, Jane Erricker

Spirituality could be understood inside of either a spiritual and secular context. Fuelled by means of the debate that surrounds diverse understandings of human identification and notions of growth, wisdom and fact in modernist and postmodernist contexts, the conc

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But if it was a time of crowning achievement and recognition it was also a time of trial, for Bede's fame brought controversy and some of his opponents did not hesitate to speak out. There was the one-time manager of the ashram who circulated 'firsthand' stories of immorality, and the journalist who suggested that because Bede had 'a white skin and plenty of money' he could do what he liked. More seriously, criticism came from inside the Church, when the Bishop of Tiruchi objected to the way Bede was Indianizing the liturgy, failing to appreciate that everything Bede was doing had been approved by the All-India Seminar.

Ibid. 5. See this volume, p. 15. 6. , p. 19. 7. , p. 25. 8. , p. 26. 9. , p. 38. 10. , p. 37. 11. , p. 43. 12. , p. 63. 13. , p. 69. 14. , p. 79. 15. , p. 82. 16. Thealogy is a feminist adaptation of theology, an indication that the latter is from a patriarchal perspective. 17. C. Christ (1987), The Laughter of Aphrodite: Reflections on a Journey to the Goddess (San Francisco: Harper and Row), p. 11. 13 CLIVE ERRICKER 18. M. Cioran wrote, 'An angel protected by a policeman - that is how truths die, that is how enthusiasms expire'.

In a reflection on the state of theology within modernity, Phillip Blond writes: for now let me simplify the modern, and suggest that the principle of modernity that lies at the heart of the secular is the principle of selfsufficient finitude. 20 The idea that knowledge is secured without any account being taken of faith signifies the shift in understanding of knowledge from a theological context, prior to the Enlightenment in the 'pre-modern' period, during which it was related to religious doctrine and revelation, to one owned by science, through rationalism and 10 INFLUENTIAL WRITERS AND THINKERS empiricism.

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