Shows how and why our understanding of spirituality must take into account the historical factors that have shaped it. Sheldrake's approach does not just take spiritual traditions at face value, but attempts to uncover the cultural and socially-defined questions that were being posed. He attends to the "underside" of history, examining groups and movements such as the Beguines, that have been marginalized in standard histories of Christianity.
"Essential reading...This book brings clarity, rigor and a historical sense to the emerging field of spirituality. Highly recommended." Lawrence A. Cunningham
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