Saturday 28 December 2013

Spirituality and religion and ethics, yet again

Yet another possible danger of spirituality versus religion: the intrinsically individual nature of the contemporary search for spirituality in the West: the contamination by the individualism that originated with modernity. Which means that I am supreme, I pick and choose; and that I will probably not allow myself to be challenged. Thus Hahnenberg:
"[T]he principal weakness of choice - as a fundamental framework for the spiritual life - is the way it can so easily short-circuit personal transformation. If relgious traditions and religious institutions no longer provide the context for the spiritual life, but instead serve as resources for our own spiritual constructions, can they ever really challenge us? Despite the sincerity of the search, does Christianity, in the end, become a collection of commodities from which I pick and choose, determining whether or not they fit into my life - a life whose basic pattern is set well before any real encounter with the demands of the Gospel?" (Edward P. Hahnenberg, Awakening Vocation: A Theology of Christian Call [Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2010] xiii)

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