chapter  1
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Questions of definitions

WHAT IS SPIRITUALITY? People throughout the world experiencespirituality whether they are Christians or not, and even whether they believe in God or not. Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism are all forms of spirituality, but have no reference to a God as such.1 Many people today claim to be “spiritual but not religious.”2 For them, spirituality can be explained as a human phenomenon rather than an explicit belief in the Christian God or any God. How can this perspective be understood? Not everybody may agree that spirituality is possible outside the context of belief in God, but the approach taken to Christian spirituality in this book encourages an understanding of this perspective. Once spirituality is understood in a general way, questions of spirituality that relate to Christian life become clearer.