University of Virginia Press: September 2004
'Let him who cannot be alone beware of community,' wrote Dietrich Bonhoeffer. 'Let him who is not in community beware of being alone.' Bonhoeffer's warning from Life Together
nicely balances the 'fruitful tension' John Barbour advocates between an ethics of solitude and a spirituality of the same. 'A spirituality without ethics becomes irresponsible self-indulgence,' he writes, 'and ethics without spirituality can degenerate into joyless duties to others and become disconnected from much of what gives life meaning, vitality, and beauty.' As solitude is necessarily situational, Barbour s... View More...