Diane Butler-Bass’ transcendental critique


Diane Butler-Bass adopts the vantage-point of the “spiritual” in what she wishes to be a critique of the contemporary world order, but fails to recognize that the “spiritual” arises from, reinforces, and reproduces that order. A more adequate critique would have to recognize the more than merely oppositional relationship between the spiritual and the religious; the mutually constitutive, formative relationship that each bears to the other.