Is it possible to be spiritual without being religious? Can spirituality be separated from "the complications of religious institutions"? Convert and theologian Reid Blackmer Locklin thinks not. Combining personal experience with insights from Hindu and Christian traditions, Locklin offers a guide to institutional commitment in a world characterized by religious pluralism. Locklin demonstrates, through his "spirituality of institutional commitment," that a religious institution is simply a meeting point of spiritual seekers and teachers, which is both natural and indispensable when seeking holiness. Both an invitation and response, Locklin's guide is informed by ancient sources as well as contemporary experience. This book offers a fresh and personally engaging view of the Christian Church as a raft--not an obstacle--on the journey to the farther spiritual shore.
Reid B. Locklin, PhD, teaches in the Christianity and culture program at Saint Michael's College and the University of Toronto. His research publications include ventures into comparative theology and inter religious dialogue, as well as Christian ecclesiology.
This book is a timely read especially in the climate of intolerance of the other’ that we experience in our world today.
Reid Locklin addresses his book to readers who are suspicious of organized religion. He eschews neatly packaged answers to the question of institutional commitment, and instead narrates elements of his own passage from religious dabbler to membership in the Roman Catholic Church and participant in interreligious dialog. He interweaves his story with readings and reflections on the Gospel of John, the teachings of Augustine of Hippo, and the eight-century Hindu teacher Adi Shankaracharaya. The result is a lively and inviting conversation that responds to the concerns of a new generation of religious seekers in a way that is allusive and personala soft porch light, left shining to welcome late arrivals inside rather than to demand of them where exactly they have been.’
This writing, as both an invitation and a response, offers a fresh view of the Christian Church as a raft rather than an obstacle on the journey to the farther spiritual shore.
The book is an eloquent apology for personal commitment to a religious institution as an essential part of spiritual life, for being spiritual and religious.
Catholic Books Review
Have you heard some young people say with all good intentions that they are spiritual but not religious? Author Reid B. Locklin details his thoughts on the journey toward commitment in Spiritual But Not Religious? An Oar Stroke Closer to the Farther Shore. By drawing primarily on Hindu and Christian tradition he offers a credible spirituality of institution commitment’ as he talks about his experience as a convert.
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Drawing upon his experience, as well as wisdom rooted in the Hindu and Christian religious traditions, Reid Locklin offers a thinking person’s guide to commitment in a world characterized by religious pluralism.
A profound contemplation and mediation of differing specifics in pursuit of a general goalreverence and love for the Divine.
The Midwest Book Review
This is narrative theology at its best. Reid Locklin's journey as a seeker is relentlessly honest, theologically astute, and spiritually enlightening - and full of grace.
Donald Cozzens, John Carroll University, Author of The Changing Face of the Priesthood, Faith That Dares to Speak, and Sacred Silence