Instead, it was focused on a "moral spirituality" in which people experienced God by obeying commandments or through "pious devotionalism
," which "kept the tribe together" but "didn't change your life."
Paxton deploys a range of interchangeable terms--including "bridal metaphor," "bridalism," "nuptial Christianity," "nuptialism," "erotic devotionalism
," "spousal schema," and "affective tradition"--to represent this fascination with "the metaphor of God as Lover" who demands "suffering, submission, and subsumption" from a feminized partner (pp.
Although it is important to study the relationships between religious affiliations and attitudes or behaviors toward certain criminal and civil issues, (55) it is also important to address differences among specific religious beliefs, particularly fundamentalism, devotionalism
, evangelism, evangelicalism, and Biblical literalism.
Thus we read about the orthodox Brahmanical religion, the rise of the ksatriya class, devotionalism
, and asceticism and renunciation in Buddhism and Jainism.
The only purportedly systematic study on 'uzla to date, Joseph Dreher's "Etude sur l'origine et le sens du mot 'uzla dans la litterature ascetique et mystique," would have been more aptly called a study on asceticism (zuhd) for the most part, as it lumps the two together with other sub-themes of sufism--such as devotionalism
(tanassuk)--without distinction other than to serve the author's focus on virtue, religiosity and scripturalism.
Speaking personally--a modern, Catholic, intellectual, politically liberal scholar who is also intrigued by devotionalism
and who rarely lets a week go by without saying a rosary--where is there a place for a person like me?
After a historical introduction to both the Psalms and bhakti poetry, we first use the Book of Psalms to establish categories by which to examine the bhakti literature; second, we adopt the reverse tactic, looking into characteristics indigenous to Hindu devotionalism
in order to ponder the Psalms anew.
Betteridge lays out his thesis immediately: "that More seeks to develop a distinctive position that combines late medieval devotionalism
with an Augustan emphasis on the ethics of writing and reading" (156).
1) and guides the reader through a short course in "Mary in history, doctrine, and devotionalism