Scielo RSS <![CDATA[Verbum et Ecclesia]]> vol. 38 num. 2 lang. en <![CDATA[SciELO Logo]]> <![CDATA[<b>When equal becomes the same. The spirituality of sex: Have we lost it?</b>]]> In this contribution, spirituality and sexuality are brought together as part of a quest for authenticity. In conversation with Hegel and Nietzsche, the confusion between sameness and difference as it plays out in the confusion between the public and private spheres is analysed, en route to proposing life-affirming sexual identities, including non-mainstream sexualities. INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS: Aspects of philosophy, spirituality and human sexuality are brought in conversation with one another. <![CDATA[<b>'Visionaries </b><b>…</b><b> psychiatric wards are full of them': Religious terms in management literature</b>]]> Contemporary management literature often makes use of strong religious vocabulary. This article will provide a critical analysis of this practice. It especially analyses the usage of three religious terms in management circles: 'vision' - a term omnipresent in leadership literature, 'metanoic organisations' - a notion found in books about change management, and 'evangelists' - a job title mentioned in job advertisements by companies such as Apple and Microsoft. This phenomenon goes hand in hand with the megatrend 'workplace spirituality', which started in the 1990s. In addition, it can be observed that religious vocabulary has found its way into ordinary current management literature, even if this literature does not show any overt link to spirituality. The article lists some negative side effects of this use, such as confusion of terms, manipulation of people and inappropriate pathos. INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS: It is important for both Theology and Management Theory to be critical of the use of religious terms in non-religious contexts. <![CDATA[<b>Erotic fantasy, spirituality and Song of Songs</b>]]> Fantasy plays an essential role in sexual activities. This article investigates (erotic) fantasy from a literary text perspective according to Song of Songs in the Christian Bible. The Song, according to many commentaries, starts with a reference to sex in Canticle 1:2, 'Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine'. Although the word sex is not mentioned in the Song, it is referred to and implied a number of times in the deep structure of the text. The fantasies of this most beautiful woman (beauty, a secondary motif in the Song that is complementary to the main theme of love) are part of the rhetoric of the poet (probably a woman) to convince the reader about the enjoyment and beauty of erotic love. These could most likely stimulate erotic fantasies when reading the text. Part of the poet's rhetoric is the way in which she describes this most beautiful woman and her most attractive lover using metaphors, allusions, symbols and similes to evoke all sorts of imaginations and fantasies in the mind of the reader to complement the erotic fantasies of the reader. The investigation of the composition and 'lived experiences' (spiritualities) of erotic fantasies is approached from the perceptions of how the entanglement of the reader in the text augments fantasies, how the dynamic interaction between the text of Song of Songs and the reader involves the reader in the fantasies and spiritualities of the protagonists and the poet, how the lived experiences of the composed images and erotic fantasies in the text of the Song grip and involve the reader in the text and finally how the use or application of human senses in fantasies can intensify the lived experiences of fantasies. This research points out how God's love and concern for his creatures are present as revealed in the relationship between two lovers. His love and concern are clearly visible in the enjoyment and pleasure given by God to humans in his creation which the lovers find in each other. INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS: This research challenges the traditional discourse about sexuality for an enrichment of it. In the article the disciplines of theology, physiology, psychology and spirituality unite to include the entire person in sexual activities. The potential results would end up in a greater enjoyment of making love. <![CDATA[<b>Three three-letter words in three recent novels in three different languages: God, sex and joy</b>]]> In this article, the authors propose to analyse the ways in which religion and sexuality are related to one another in three recent novels: (1) Fransi Phillips's Die donker god (2007), (2) Inga Žolude's Santa Biblia (2013) and (3) Michel Houellebecq's Soumission [English translation: Submission] (2015). In each case, the novels are briefly placed within their respective literary cultures (Afrikaans, Latvian and French) in order to offer a contextually sensitive analysis. After each of the novels has been discussed related to the three related topoi of God, sex and joy, some comparative remarks are offered in conclusion. INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS: In this contribution, from the theological field of Spirituality Studies, the field of Comparative Literature is approached, seeking to identify aspects of Religiosity and Sexuality from the perspective of Post-Secularity. <![CDATA[<b>Liberating language and concepts of the divine in contemporary hymnody</b>]]> This article will examine from an auto-ethnographic perspective the language of hymnody and how it has developed over the last 25 years through the period of secularisation and post-secularisation. It will interrogate and analyse the words used for the Divine in a drive towards an inclusive language approach to God. It will look at the arguments of feminist theologians towards feminine images for the Divine and then how far these images will be acceptable in secular contexts, especially in secular rituals that include people from a variety of belief backgrounds in a post-secular world. It will use examples from woman writers and draw on the author's experience of revising her own hymns for a variety of contexts. These will be interrogated in the light of debates around spiritual but not religious, multifaith dialogue and post-secularisation. It will look at a variety of approaches to the Christian narrative in contemporary UK - devotional, cultural and story - examining the language appropriate for these various approaches and various contexts. INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS: Hymnology crosses the disciplines of music, theology, liturgy and ritual (sacred and secular) and has implications for all these areas, especially Church liturgy and sacred music in secular contexts. It is lyrical theology, which spans the arts and theology and expresses theological ideas in an artistic form.