‘This book is encyclopaedic in its range compacting much fascinating material into a small space.…West has a gift for summarising and critiquing others' thought with brevity.…The book will resource and stimulate its readers’ — Counselling. ‘There have been many books written about counselling with respect to class, politics, gender, culture and similar issues but, as far as I am aware, this is the first major work to be presented in this country about working with a client's spirituality and the importance this may have… Is a must for trainees in the field and for those who feel a client's spirituality is an irrelevance.’ — Cahoots.
Chapter 4: Spirituality in Britain Today
Spirituality in Britain Today
As a culture we are separated from the sacred, the numinous, the mysterious. In grasping for control and knowledge we have lost a sense of what is whole and holy. (Reason, 1994)
Secularism – at least in any developed sense – remains the creed of a relatively small minority. (Davie, 1994: 69)
It is important when we are considering spirituality and therapy to be aware of the current situation of spirituality and religion in Britain today. This is a vast topic, a careful consideration of which could and does run to a number of books (see for instance Barker, 1989; Brierley, 1991; Bruce, 1995a; Davie, 1994; Walker, 1998). What I wish to do here is to paint some broad strokes ...