I came across a passage in a book I’m reading at the moment that seemed to carry on and expand some of my thoughts from yesterday.
It’s from a book called “The Compassion Quest” by Trystan Owain Hughes, who is an Anglican chaplain at Cardiff University.
“Our spiritual journey, after all, must do more than merely assist us as individuals, lest it descend into a mere tool for self-help and positive thinking. Down the years, Christian spirituality has tended towards issues of our inner life, and, in recent years at least, even worship has become increasingly insular and me-focused. As a consequence, for many years Christians have been led away from a holistic reading of the Bible and theology. A truly biblical understanding of our spiritual life, however, relates to our whole existence, not least to our relationships with God, with each other, and with the rest of the created world. The US civil rights movement of the 1960s, for example, recognised the importance of such a holistic vision of spirituality…To separate our inward and outward journeys is to set up a false dichotomy. The two are inseparable parts of one experience, and we should never make rivals of soul and body, sacred and secular, spirit and flesh, or Church and world.”
The Compassion Quest, p 5