Spirituality in the 21st Century: Explorations

edited by John L. Hochheimer and William S. Schmidt
ISBN: 978-1-84888-168-6

This is a foundational work in the new field of Spirituality Studies exploring the searches for meaning, comfort, healing, and belonging in the experiences of humans, being.


The 10 chapters in this book demonstrate contemporary explorations into the nature of Spirituality Studies being conducted across a variety of academic and applied fields around the world. The authors explore definitions of spirituality in the human search for meaning, comfort, healing, and belonging, as well as the borders of experience that must be transcended, wherever one belongs, traversing various paths to get reach that destination. As such, this interdisciplinary volume presents readers with various takes on the universal experience of humans, being, as they travel (in Fra Diavolo’s words) through unknown country, home.

Table of Contents

John L. Hochheimer

John L. Hochheimer and William S. Schmidt

Spirituality, Meaning and Communication
John L. Hochheimer

Conceptualization of Spirituality: Theory of Seven Spiritual Identities
Mubina Hassanali Kirmani and Sanaullah Kirmani

Investigations into Mysticism: Limits and Possibilities
Agnė Budriūnaitė

Sacramental Mediation between Theology and Spirituality
Hans Gustafson

Nonknowledge and the Sacred
Lindsay Lerman

Spirituality and the Borderlands
Jane Fernandez-Goldborough

Ten Analogues of Spiritual Belonging
Martin C. Fowler

Embracing Limit: Spiritual Pathways to Transformation
William S. Schmidt

The Pilgrim Road Goes On: Psychotherapy and Spirituality Continue to Journey Together towards Healing and Human Flourishing
Loyola McLean

Downloadable Content

You can dowload a pdf copy of the Introduction by clicking here:
Spirituality in the 21st Century: Explorations Introduction (pdf)

About the Editors

John L. Hochheimer, Ph.D., is Professor of Communication in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA. His research and writing has focused on community-based media for social change and the spiritual foundations of communication. He is co-organizer of the 1st Global Conference on Spirituality: Theory, Praxis and Pedagogy held in Prague, Czech Republic in March 2011.

William S. Schmidt, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University in Chicago, USA. He is the editor of the Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health.

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