Posts tagged “religion

Religion, Spirituality and the Sacred

Posted on November 5, 2015

Hi all, I am currently writing a chapter for a book on spirituality and youth work. Here is a section of my chapter on how to understand religion, spirituality and the sacred, and what a definition of these realities might be when discussing them in relation to youth work. The academically minded may be frustrated that I haven’t provided full references – there are some suggestions for further reading at the end.   Secularism constructs ‘religion’ as a private endeavour: In the West ‘we see “religion” as a coherent system of obligatory beliefs, institutions and rituals, centring on a supernatural God, whose practice is essentially private and hermetically sealed off from all “secular” activities’. In other cultures and through the ages the idea of…

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After Sydney

Posted on December 19, 2014

Let’s imagine that there emerged a consensus in Australian society that Christianity had a propensity for violence and abuse…Despite Christian leaders publicly rejecting the violence of Christians, and reminding people of the peaceful life of Christ, the consensus nevertheless took hold in the collective mind of Australia.

What would come next, after this widespread acceptance of Christianity’s inherent violence? I think there are a few options.

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Chaplaincy in a Secular Culture

Posted on May 25, 2010

Our culture’s whole approach to religion has changed: in our public spaces, in our individual beliefs, and in the soil in which faith takes root. Most of us are conscious of these changes, but our minds haven’t caught up with the reality. So, in some way, our minds still operate in the past, where God was central. But the rest of our culture is living in a different world.

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