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After HeavenSpirituality in America Since the 1950s$
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Robert Wuthnow

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780520213968

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520213968.001.0001

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The Practice of Spirituality

The Practice of Spirituality

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(p.168) CHAPTER Seven The Practice of Spirituality
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After Heaven
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Robert Wuthnow

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520213968.003.0007

This chapter considers the possibility of an alternative to dwelling-oriented and seeking-oriented spiritualities. It studies the two ways scholars have recently written about U.S. religion, and notes the sudden revival of interest in spiritual practices. It discusses the distinguishing characteristics of a practice-oriented spirituality, which emphasize that the practice of spirituality assumes that developing a spiritual life requires deliberate effort, just like other practices. This chapter also considers the connection between spiritual practice and spiritual service and the value of spiritual practice.

Keywords:   dwelling-oriented spirituality, seeking-oriented spirituality, spiritual practices, practice-oriented spirituality, spiritual service

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