Religion, Spirituality, and Personal Wisdom: A Tale of Two Types

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Religion, Spirituality, and Personal Wisdom: A Tale of Two Types The Scientific Study of Personal Wisdom pp 165-189 | Cite as Paul Wink (1) Email author ([email protected]) Michele Dillon (2) 1. Department of Psychology, Wellesley College, Wellesley, USA 2. Department of Sociology, University of New Hampshire, Durham, USA Chapter First Online: 20 November 2013 2 Readers 893 Downloads

Abstract Against the backdrop of the changing religious and spiritual landscape in the contemporary United States, this chapter explores the relation between religion, spirituality, and personal wisdom and evaluates the various meanings of personal wisdom and their implications for the wisdom-religion nexus. Using longitudinal data from a community sample of Americans born in the 1920s, we report empirical findings on the relations among religion, spirituality, and personal wisdom and present case studies exemplifying two different ways of being wise at a personal level. Our findings point to the complexity of wisdom and demonstrate how both traditional forms of church participation and individuated forms of spiritual seeking tap into different dimensions and manifestations of wisdom. We argue that the positive association between wisdom and both religiousness and spiritual seeking, in part, reflects the fact that personal wisdom, while distinct from either religiousness or spirituality, encompasses multifaceted traits that are inclusive of both self- and other-directed interests.

Notes Acknowledgement The writing of this chapter was supported by grants from the Brachman Hoffman Fund, Wellesley College and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany awarded to Paul Wink.

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