The New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality

Gordon Wakefield, the editor of this volume’s 1983 predecessor, began his introduction with the observation that the word spirituality is “very much in vogue among Christians of our time.” What a difference a quarter century makes: the interest in spirituality has extended even farther, and in every imaginable direction.

It would not have been possible to adequately address such tremendous and, in many ways, intriguing growth with a cautious, incremental revision of a standard guide such as the Westminster (or, in the UK, SCM) dictionary, so it is heartening to see that editor Philip Sheldrake, of the University of Durham, has taken a bold approach. This new version is about 300 pages longer, includes more than 200 new entries, and brings even more contributors into the project—upward of 180.

 

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