Spirituality and Prayer in the Secular City
Robert A. Burns, OP
University Press of America
Robert A. Burns is chairperson of the Religious Studies Program
at the University of Arizona.
In the United States, against the background of secularization,
the religious atmospheres have changed radically in the past 40 years.
In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Immigration and Naturalization
Act, which opened America's doors to immigrants from all over the
world. As a result, approximately one million immigrants legally
enter the United States each year and bring with them religions traditions
such as Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Catholic Spirituality
and Prayer in the Secular City presents the role of religion
and spirituality in a rapidly changing religious scenario.
Robert A. Burns explores ways Catholics have been called upon to
develop their spiritual lives in the most religious pluralistic society
that has ever existed. Burns acknowledges the struggle that many
people face when seeking a deeper spirituality and do not now where
or how to begin, and seeks to guide readers through the confusion
and back to the meaning of spirituality.
This book leads readers
through the various approaches taken to achieving a deeper spiritual
life by presenting and discussing the religious philosophies of spiritual
leaders throughout history. Ultimately, Catholic Spirituality
and Prayer in the Secular City provides readers with the ability
to see themselves in a proper context by offering a new avenue for