Original Research - Special Collection: Studies on the Bible - spirituality and mysticism

The Spirituality of Q

Paul Foster
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 1 | a2888 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i1.2888 | © 2015 Paul Foster | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 January 2015 | Published: 01 July 2015

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Paul Foster, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, Scotland; Department of New Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


The term spirituality is notoriously difficult to define, as is evidenced by the discussions between contemporary sociologists of religion. If there are any central elements to such a definition, they revolve around the search for the sacred, and the view that certain practices or beliefs lead to humans being placed in a position of privileged access to the transcendent dimension. Often such spiritual experiences and insights are the result of practices that seek deeper communication with the divine, or stem from contemplative reflection upon one’s purpose in a broader context of universal ontology. This discussion seeks to probe Q for its understanding of spirituality, both in terms of the way the text promotes communication with the divine, as well as offering heightened spiritual experience for adherents to its teaching. In essence, this is an exploration of the way the new religious movement reflected in Q offered its followers contact with the transcendent within the context of everyday human life.


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