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Spirituality
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‘Spirituality’ is a fashionable word, used in contemporary religious discourse for a spiritual attitude toward life, a style of piety. It occurs in the Christian and the non-Christian areas alike. This diffuse application is connected with a twin history. From the French (spiritualité), the word has been taken over into other languages, especially so since the 1960s, by Catholic theologians, who wished to describe certain forms of piety actively lived: from a contemplative monastic life (for laity, as well, who occasionally share this l…

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Bochinger, Christoph, “Spirituality”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 25 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_SIM_00059>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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