Chapter 11. Listening in Spirituality and Religion

  1. Andrew D. Wolvin Professor
  1. Diana Corley Schnapp Executive Director Adjunct Professor consultant

Published Online: 3 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444314908.ch11

Listening and Human Communication in the 21st Century

Listening and Human Communication in the 21st Century

How to Cite

Corley Schnapp, D. (2010) Listening in Spirituality and Religion, in Listening and Human Communication in the 21st Century (ed A. D. Wolvin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444314908.ch11

Editor Information

  1. University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Author Information

  1. Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405181655

Online ISBN: 9781444314908



  • listening in spirituality and religion;
  • listening, integral aspect of spirituality and religion through the ages;
  • definition of listening - still in development;
  • need for research regarding relationship - between listening and religion/spirituality;
  • religious listening, Judeo-Christian-Islamic literature - the listening is to God, YHWH, Allah;
  • references to hearing and listening - in versions of The Holy Bible;
  • listening to the “inner voice” for guidance and enlightenment;
  • subjects of centering prayer and contemplative prayer - listening inwardly;
  • listening to others - pastoral care and interfaith dialogue;
  • relationship between culture and listening behavior


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What is the Meaning of the Terms: Listening, Religion, and Spirituality?

  • Why is There a Need for Research Regarding the Relationship between Listening and Religion/Spirituality?

  • To Whom or To What do we Listen?

  • Meditation and Listening

  • Prayer as Listening

  • Listening to Others: Pastoral Care and Interfaith Dialogue

  • Ecumenical Dialogue and Interfaith Views

  • Relationship between Culture and Listening Behavior

  • How Does Listening to Sound and Music Relate to the Spiritual?

  • Summary

  • References