Making the unbearable bearable through existential spirituality

Webster, Robert 2017, Making the unbearable bearable through existential spirituality. In Pascal, A-M (ed), Multiculturalism and the convergence of faith and practical wisdom in modern society, IGI Global, Hershey, Pa, pp.81-98.

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Title Making the unbearable bearable through existential spirituality
Author(s) Webster, RobertORCID iD for Webster, Robert
Title of book Multiculturalism and the convergence of faith and practical wisdom in modern society
Editor(s) Pascal, A-M
Publication date 2017
Chapter number 4
Total chapters 17
Start page 81
End page 98
Total pages 18
Publisher IGI Global
Place of Publication Hershey, Pa
Summary In this chapter the case is made that spirituality can indeed have a significant impact upon practical life. Existential spirituality refers to the way one gives meaning and purpose to one’s life. The value of spirituality is best appreciated when one’s life undergoes an existential crisis, particularly when a worldview, which was assumed to give sense to one’s life, no longer has the legitimacy it once had. When a religious, traditional or customary doctrine or worldview loses its authority through an existential crisis, the individual often experiences nihilism. This can often make an experience of hardship quite unbearable because one’s suffering is unable to reference any grand narrative or framework of meaning to give sense to one’s situation. Using Kierkegaard’s three stages of existence, it is argued that making one’s spirituality more authentic by taking personal responsibility on an individual level, might be able to make unbearable experiences more bearable.
ISBN 1522519556
Language eng
Field of Research 130211 Religion Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 950404 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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