Spiritual Shopper

In England, the television show “Spirituality Shopper” offers a variety of religious experiences in a sense that William James could not have imagined. One woman, when asked to select something from the spiritual superstore—among the choices were an introduction to Buddhist meditation, a Jewish Sabbath-eve meal, and a Christian Lenten charity—chose Sufi whirling. Missing, of course, was any sense that religious traditions build up meaning only over time and in a communal context.

—Kathleen Norris, Acedia & Me

Originally published at culture-making.com.

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