Orientation and issues in spirituality
P.G.R. de Villiers, C. Kourie & C. Lombaard (eds.)
196pp. Published by the University of the Free State
Date of publication: July 2006
This volume is the result of the activities of a new association for the study of spirituality established recently in South Africa (SPIRASA). In a first introductory article, the history of this new association is briefly sketched and the volume introduced. The volume then focuses on the vexing question about the nature of spirituality with two seminal contributions by Kees Waaijman, Director of the Titus Brandsma Institute of Spirituality in Nijmegen, The Netherlands – a leading international expert on Spirituality as a discipline and Celia Kourie, Head of Christian Spirituality at Unisa.
Both of them address the question “What is spirituality?” and provide valuable material to bringing some clarity to this burning issue. There are also important contributions on some specific and relevant topics like contextuality in spirituality, the use of Scripture in a Kempis’ Imitation of Christ and on the spirituality of the well-known spirituality author Dag Hammarskjöld. The volume also contains an important contribution on Biblical spirituality in general, followed by two specific examples of spirituality in an Old Testament and New Testament context.
These essays will provide those who wish to learn more about spirituality with valuable introductory material, whilst the discerning reader will discover many important insights to advance their understanding of spirituality.
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