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Spirituality and Religious Life

In recent decades there has been a broad interest in society for spirituality; a collective term for a multitude of practices and contents. Sometimes it is about forms of spirituality that explicitly distance themselves from traditional religious institutions and beliefs. It regularly involves forms in which elements of the Christian spirituality tradition, and especially mysticism, are included.

The Spirituality and Religious Life research line investigates the place of that Christian spirituality tradition in contemporary society. This tradition offers starting points for new forms of philosophy and meaning as well as an invitation to a necessary critical reflection on dominant forms of spirituality.
We focus specifically on the spirituality of religious orders and congregations and of inspired lay people. Research into the characteristics of biblical spirituality also fits here.

This line of research has the following spearheads:

  • Theory of spirituality in modern culture and society
  • Spirituality in education
  • Spirituality in visual arts and music
  • In-company projects

If you want to know more about Spirituality and Religious Life, please contact Herman Westerink.