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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

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

Robert Wuthnow

University of California Press

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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