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The Spirituality Revolution: The Emergence of Contemporary Spirituality Paperback – August 15, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1583918746 ISBN-10: 1583918744 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583918744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583918746
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'It is sometimes possible to recommend a book without hesitation. This is such a book. It is exceptionally intelligent, readable, timely and full of hope. Tacey's mature comments, for example on fundamentalism, on the link between wholeness and perfection, on the distinction between spirituality and spiritualism, and his entire critique of comtemporary religion (focused mainly on Christianity), so succinctly and reasonably put, are worth the price of the book alone'. - Dr Larry Culliford, Network Review: Journal of the Scientific and Medical Network, Winter 2004

More About the Author

Dr. David Tacey is Reader in literature and depth psychology at La Trobe University, Melbourne.
He is the author of eight books, including Jung and the New Age (2001), The Spirituality Revolution (2003) and How to Read Jung (2006).
He was born in Melbourne and raised in Alice Springs, central Australia. It was here that he was influenced by Aboriginal cultures and their religion and cosmology.
After completing a PhD degree at the University of Adelaide, David Tacey was a Harkness Fellow in the United States, where his studies were supervised by James Hillman.
He regularly gives lecture courses at the summer school of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By peter d pipinis on October 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
This beautifully written book is a penetrating look at the evolving spiritual scene in the Western world today. It accurately guages the way modern people are seeking direct inner experience of the 'spirit' in order to give deeper meaning and purpose to their lives. It shows how organised religion on the one hand, and secular, rationalist society on the other, not only fails to assist people in their search, but actually hinders them, causing more and more to leave traditional places of worship, and feeling increasingly alienated from a community they see obsessed with financial and material advantage.

The book examines the myriad paths that the individual search for personal experience of the 'divine' can take, from ecology to the New Age, from psychotherapy to the occult, and how we evaluate each according to the degree they have brought about 'spiritual change or moral transformation in the ways demanded by true spirituality' (p. 207).

Tacey tells us he comes from the point of view of his 'mystical, anti-fundamentalist, humanist' personality. Later, he adds he is a 'mystical Christian'. He speaks for all genuine seekers, I think, when he says 'I am only interested in a faith that has "passed through" the fires of atheism, the blaze of modernity, and the critical scrutiny of psychoanalysis and science. What survives after all else has been burnt away...after conventional forms have been melted down...is the only kind of faith that resonates with the spiritual needs of our extraordinary time' (p. 157).

Religious institutions, Tacey argues, must recognise they are failing to communicate the deepest mystery they are truly about, the message we all need to hear in our de-stabilised world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darren Cronshaw on March 31, 2010
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David Tacey, The Spirituality Revolution: The Emergence of Contemporary Spirituality (Sydney: HarperCollins, 2003)

David Tacey, Associate Professor at La Trobe University, researches the decline of organised religion and the increasing popularity of diverse expressions of spirituality. He urges churches to observe how God is communicating with people outside church circles and (echoing Rahner) to seek to draw it out of people's lives rather than striving to pump it in. He draws on literature, philosophy of religion, his own inner life, and the experience of his students - many of whom are hungry for an experience of transformation and not just education's information or religion's moralism. He started a very popular subject that aims to develop the contours of a postmodern spirituality, through which he hears a common critique `There is plenty of God talk, but no God presence in religion.' As a mystical Christian himself, he pleads for holding together the new spirituality and its experiential focus along with tradition and its shared meaning and community.

Originally reviewed in Darren Cronshaw `The Emerging Church: Spirituality and Worship Reading Guide.' Zadok Papers S159 (Autumn 2008).
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 13, 2007
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Lays the groundwork for his excellent essay in "Idea of the Numinous", his more recent (Ed.) title - Tacey has the insight of Karen Armstrong and others who like prophets are showing what is truly before us in this eciting new era.
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