Contrasting Community and Individualistic Perceptions of Spirituality: Anabaptists Versus Spirit Wrestlers

  • John W. Friesen
  • Wilson Alves de Paiva

Abstract

This paper elaborates two fundamental definitions of spirituality- the traditional position that there are two spheres of existence- realistic and transcendental, and humanism, which denies the existence an extraterrestrial sphere. Elaboration of Doukhobor and Mennonite belief systems reveals differences in defining spirituality, namely individualism versus community conceptualizations. Doukhobors place a high value on individual spirituality, contending that every individual has a Divine spark (Iskra) within them. Mennonites value community-defined and validated forms of spirituality.

Published
2018-05-17
Section
Articles