Some definitions of spirituality


I have started on my search for a definition of spirituality which works best for this site and have come up with the following selection:-

SPIRITUALITY IS THE LONGING FOR DIRECT FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE OF GOD’S PRESENCE IN MY LIFE Howard Rice, Reformed Spirituality

RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE IS A RESPONSE TO THAT WHICH IS PERCEIVED AS ULTIMATE, INVOLVING THE WHOLE PERSON, CHARACTERIZED BY A PECULIAR INTENSITY AND ISSUING IN ACTION Luke Timothy Johnson, Religious Experience in Earliest Christianity

SPIRITUALITY IS THE OPENING OF THE SELF AT ITS DEEPEST LEVEL TO GOD, A CENTERING OF THE SELF IN THE GOD IN WHOM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING. Marcus Borg,The God We Never Knew

Spirituality, spiritualism, spiritism, otherworldliness — (concern with things of the spirit) Wordnet 3.0

And finally a “mega-definition” –

“Spirituality is that quality of being, holistically conceived, made up of insight, beliefs, values, attitudes/emotions and behavioural dispositions, which both informs and may be informed by lived experience. The cognitive aspects of our common spirituality can be described, at any particular time, as being a ‘framework’ of ideals, beliefs and values about oneself, ones relations with others and reality/the ‘world’. Logically intrinsic to this framework, and rooted in a notion of what is real and ultimately significant, is some conception of the good life (possibly, but not necessarily, related to a supreme will and agency), which informs (implicitly, via a network of unexamined assumptions/prejudices or explicitly, via a rational justification), but may not determine, all action.” Kevin Mott-Thornton

Chris Clarke sums it up pretty well in his article on his site Spirituality and Science.

My favourites at the moment are Kevin Mott-thorton’s and Wordnet 3.0

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