The spiritual story of humanity is at least 70,000 years old. By comparison, the formal religions have existed for a mere 4,500 years. Spirituality ... Show synopsis The spiritual story of humanity is at least 70,000 years old. By comparison, the formal religions have existed for a mere 4,500 years. Spirituality is, and perhaps always has been, more central to human experience than religion. Diarmuid O Murchu's purpose in writing this book has been to retrieve the long lost subverted tradition of spirituality and re-establish its primary significance in the human search for meaning and purpose in life. While the modern world continues to struggle with religious fanaticism on the one hand and religious indifference on the other, spirituality explodes with new vision and with fresh possibilities for a more integrated world view. Drawing on the modern findings of many disciplines, the author sets out to explore this new spiritual irruption, one that leaves religious allegiance waning while millions throughout the world seek meaning and nourishment in a range of new contexts, many of which transcend, circumvent and even abandon the religious certainty of bygone days. This is a challenging and provocative but, above all, reassuring book for those who are seeking spiritual meaning today. Other books by Diarmuid O'Murchu Religion in Exile.