Spirituality and peace

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A3 Kirjan tai muun kokoomateoksen osa
Date
2019-01-01
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en
Pages
8
313-320
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The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions
Abstract
Spirituality and peace are tightly interlinked; the broader the definition of peace, the more intertwined it is with the concept of spirituality. This essay distinguishes between three stages, or levels, of peace: weak peace, strong peace, and holistic peace; and between inner and outer dimensions of spirituality in the non-materialistic realm. A discussion of the connection points brings the following insights: weak peace, defined as the absence of war or any kind of violence, represents the simplest form of peace and, thus, is a nonspiritual starting point of the discussion, albeit the absence of violent thoughts being a worthwhile spiritual goal. Strong peace is the presence of positive values or ideals; correspondingly, spiritual practices can lead to individual, interpersonal, and institutional virtue. Finally, holistic peace implies a transrational desire to follow a higher purpose, culminating in true passion, bliss, unconditional love, and a strong feeling of interconnectedness.
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Spirituality, Peace
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Bauer , T 2019 , Spirituality and peace . in L Zsolnai & B Flanagan (eds) , The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions . Routledge , Abingdon, Oxon , pp. 313-320 . https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315445489