Title

If We Knew What Spirituality Was, We Would Teach for It

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2011

Originally Published In

Music Educators Journal ( Also Presented at Research in Music Education international conference, Exeter, UK.)

Volume Number

98

Issue Number

2

Page Numbers

41-47

Abstract

Two extraordinary recent experiences that the author would call highly "spiritual" are explored against the background of ideas provided by writers such as Friedrich Schleiermacher, Rudolf Otto, Paul Tillich, and Abraham Maslow to unpack what spirituality is, with particular attention to the emotions and the insights involved in spirituality. The description helps to clarify the distinctions and also the relationships between spirituality and both religion and morality—constructs that are frequently confused with spirituality. The description also suggests two moves teachers can make toward offering a spiritual education.