Friday, August 10, 2012 4:35 AM

Christian Spirituality

Friday, August 10, 2012 4:35 AM
Friday, August 10, 2012 4:35 AM

A Nebraska pastor, concerned about the state of current spirituality, wrote, “We are living in a secular society but a spiritual culture.” The spiritual culture is the widespread influence of New Age spirituality—a spirituality of the self. “The basic New Age claim is that what is wrong with the person and the world can only be dealt with properly by encountering and thereby unleashing that which lies ‘within.’

The New Age claims that ‘self-spirituality’ can make a difference to what it means to be human and fulfilled. This belief translates into practices of healing, work, relationships, community life, politics, sex—indeed, all areas of human experience.” The reality of New Age spirituality leads Gallup to conclude that “at the very time it grows in popularity, spirituality has become more and more an elusive term. More and more, one crying out for definition.”

Considering the widespread use of the word spirituality, new Christians need to be informed about Christian spirituality. What is it, and how does the church help new Christians form the spiritual life?[1]


[1] Webber, R. (2003). Ancient-future evangelism: Making your church a faith-forming community (88–89). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

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