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By Fred Dallmayr

In Spiritual courses: Pathfinders within the Desert, Fred Dallmayr demanding situations the "desert personality" of contemporary tradition. Political and fiscal corruption, incessant warmongering, spoliation of usual assets, and, specially, senseless consumerism and grasping self-satisfaction are all signs of what he contends is an increasing desert or desolate tract the place every thing artistic and nourishing decays and withers. via an alternate interpretation of Nietzsche's announcing "the wasteland grows," this booklet demands non secular renewal, invoking specifically 4 famous courses or pathfinders within the desolate tract: Paul Tillich, Raimon Panikkar, Thomas Merton, and Pope Francis. What hyperlinks all 4 courses jointly is the view of non secular existence as an itinerarium, a pathway alongside tricky and sometimes uncharted roads.

Dallmayr starts by way of drawing a connection among Nietzsche's characterization of the wasteland in Thus Spoke Zarathustra and the current tradition of consumerism, during which a nearly-exclusive emphasis on productiveness, potency, profitability, and the transformation of every thing priceless right into a resource prevails over all different pursuits. He additionally attracts cognizance to a different feel of "desert," specifically, as a spot of solitude, meditation, and retreat from illness. Aptly outlined, it turns into a spot the place spirituality arises from a painful "turning-about": a wrenching attempt to extricate human existence from the decay of past due modernity. Spirituality isn't really a ownership or estate yet particularly the contemplation and radical mindfulness that we strengthen via engaged practices as we look for pathways to restoration. Spirituality turns into serious within the dominant political and cultural desert since it offers a bond linking humanity jointly. within the spirit of worldwide ecumenism, Spiritual Guides additionally encompasses a dialogue of Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist different types of spirituality. This e-book will curiosity scholars and students of philosophy, political concept, and religion.

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