A Postmodern Spirituality

Tim Muldoon argues that Ignatian spirituality speaks to the postmodern sensibility because it prizes imagination and experience rather than doctrine and analysis:

It is based on a personal, imaginative exploration of the gospel, and it invites people to choose freely to deepen their intimacy with God through a deepened understanding of who they themselves are. The invitation to come to know God in this way is radically different from the approach which has become familiar to so many: that of learning the doctrines and moral teachings of the Church in religious education, and developing the critical thinking that sometimes leads us to question whether any doctrine can be judged true. Ignatian spirituality is not primarily doctrinal, because it is not primarily an exercise of reason. It is instead a practice of imagination, with all the affective dimensions that unfold in imagination, often without the explicit consent of the intellect.

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Jim Manney

Senior Editor at Loyola Press
Jim Manney is a popular writer on Ignatian topics (God Finds Us, A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer) as well as the editor of many books on Ignatian spirituality, including What Is Ignatian Spirituality? He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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2 Comments on A Postmodern Spirituality

  1. Terrific article. How wonderful to understand the P&F as an invitation to imaginative play!

  2. Thank you for sharing this. I like many others searches for the relevance of our church today and how it can relate and Guide and listen to the voices of the young, young adults and even people who are just merely finding their way out how God sees and will understand the life they are facing. reading this article is another light and deepening of faith and spiritual life as I walk along with others and in my own life as well.

    THANK YOU FOR HELPING US FIND GOD IN OUR LIFE…

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