By Gary Bouma
Australian Soul demanding situations the concept that non secular and non secular existence in Australia is in decline. This interesting ebook describes the nature of non secular and religious existence in Australia this day, and argues that, faraway from tapering off, faith and spirituality are thriving. Gary Bouma, the best specialist at the country of non secular existence in Australia, offers the main updated evidence and figures and compares the 'tone' of Australian non secular practices with these of different international locations. Australians will be much less vocal and extra reticent approximately their faith than americans are, yet their spiritual and religious ideals are not any much less effective. Australian Soul describes and analyses our spiritual and non secular lifestyles intimately in addition to offering a sequence of case experiences that illustrate the diversity of practices and ideology in Australia this present day. Australian Soul predicts a necessary destiny for faith and spirituality.
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Seeing a spiritual dimension to these activities has become increasingly popular. Spiritual terminology has also emerged in the corporate sphere as mission statements are devised and motivational jargon takes on language sounding most otherworldly and faith-based – if only faith in self and company. The following case study gives the flavour of this kind of spirituality in Australia. Saltwater spirituality It’s the night of the full moon and there’s a ritual going on at the beach. With the sound of waves breaking and the wind blowing off the ocean, a pagan group stand in a circle, barefoot on the sand, paying homage to the moon.
Moreover, spiritually alive and 16 Australian Soul aware people perceive spirituality in everything. ’ While at times spirituality seems to be a private matter and religion public, this distinction does not hold, either. Neither is spirituality new and religion old. Many New Age and other recently renewed spiritualities claim links with ancient religious and spiritual forms. Similarly, the spiritualities associated with mainstream groups, such as praying the rosary, Marian devotion and veneration of saints for Catholics, or Bible study and prayer groups for Protestants, or the five daily prayers for Muslims, provide powerful ongoing vigour for these groups.
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Australian Soul: Religion and Spirituality in the 21st Century by Gary Bouma