I have, in the last few essays, highlighted two obstinate and pressing facts. First, there is a growing interest in spirituality, contemplation and the mystical in our broader culture, but spirituality is often seen as opposed to the repressive nature of religion. Second, authentic Christian spirituality is historic and corporate, grounded in the stone quarried wisdom of the past and communal. This means that genuine Christian spirituality questions and doubts the spirituality is good, religion is bad model and paradigm that envelops us these days.
It is one thing, though, to suggest that Christian spirituality is both historic and corporate, but we soon face another dilemma on the contemplative journey. The question is this: whose interpretation and understanding of the historic and corporate notion of the church should be trusted and why? It is in the answer to this question that the genius of the Anglican way has some insight to offer.