Political spirituality: oxymoron or redundancy?
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Thomas, Owen C.
"Political Spirituality" sounds like an oxymoron because in the media "politics" and its derivatives are always used pejoratively and "spirituality" is always used honorifically, and also because "spirituality" is generally understood to be a matter only of the interior and private life as distinct from the public life of work and citizenship. I argue that these interpretations are seriously mistaken, that the current spirituality boom is largely a recrudescence of the Gnosticism of the early centuries of the first millenium, that involvement in the political process is essential in the Christian life, and that therefore "political spirituality" should be understood as a redundancy rather than an oxymoron.
Thomas, Owen C. (2001), Political spirituality: oxymoron or redundancy? Journal of Religion & Society, 3.
Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton University
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