Saints: Encountering the Divine in Humanity

  • Alon Goshen-Gottstein
Part of the Interreligious Studies in Theory and Practice book series (INSTTP)


Spirituality is never lived in the abstract. It finds expression through institutions, actions, and, above all, in the lives of people who practice a spiritual path and whose practice serves as a model for others. People who have attained a certain level in the spiritual life also become instrumental in the spiritual lives of others. They become teachers and facilitators of the spiritual life of others. Very often, the spiritual life is mediated through such personalities. Such role models, teachers, and facilitators exist in all traditions. Each tradition configures them differently and understands them in light of its norms and unique patterns of thinking. Looking at the lives of exemplary men and women across religious traditions is thus both an exercise in observation and description and an application of thought structures, through which what is seen is understood and interpreted.1


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