When One Religion Isn't Enough
An exploration of the gifts and challenges of being part of two or more religious traditions at the same time.The world sees religious and spiritual identity as pure, static, and singular, but some people regularly cross religious boundaries. These "spiritually fluid" people celebrate complex religious bonds, and in the process they blur social categories, evoke prejudice, and complicate religious communities. Their presence sparks questions: How and why do people become spiritually fluid? Are they just confused or unable to commit? How do we make sense of them? Already, one-third of US marriages are interfaith and nearly one-third of Americans report worshiping in more than one religious tradition. In the past decade scholars have become increasingly interested in the phenomenon of complex religious bonds. But they frame it primarily as a choice, asking: "Is it possible?" and "Is it right?" For some people, being spiritually fluid is indeed a choice, but for most, it's about relationships, culture, and a response to colonialism, migration, and family history. Through in-depth conversations with five spiritually fluid people, When One Religion Isn't Enough explores how people come to claim multiple religious traditions, how spiritually fluid people engage radically opposed truth claims, and what religious multiplicity means for religion and spirituality today.

When One Religion Isn't Enough Details

TitleWhen One Religion Isn't Enough
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 6th, 2018
PublisherBeacon Press
ISBN-139780807091241
Rating
GenreReligion, Spirituality, Nonfiction

When One Religion Isn't Enough Review

  • Rhiannon Grant
    January 1, 1970
    A mix of theorising and personal experience makes this reflective book both a good read and a useful resource. I wouldn't have minded something more academic (in the sense of digging deeper in the theory and giving more detail about the case studies and research mentioned), but this stands well as an introduction to a complex and developing area. I did wonder, especially towards the end, whether the author should have addressed the Steve Bruce type critique (i.e., this is all just decoration on A mix of theorising and personal experience makes this reflective book both a good read and a useful resource. I wouldn't have minded something more academic (in the sense of digging deeper in the theory and giving more detail about the case studies and research mentioned), but this stands well as an introduction to a complex and developing area. I did wonder, especially towards the end, whether the author should have addressed the Steve Bruce type critique (i.e., this is all just decoration on the edge of the real trend - secularisation). On the other hand, as a reader who is herself a practitioner of multiple religious belonging as well as someone who researches complex spiritualities, I found it a pleasure to read something unapologetically positive and careful in naming the benefits of spiritual fluidity.
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  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting book about contemporary religious life. It's full of interesting insight and it's an engagin and fascinating read.Highly recommended!Many thanks to Beacon Press and Edelweiss for this ARC
  • GONZA
    January 1, 1970
    I found this book very interesting due to my story and my conflicted and complicated relationship with religion, As I am Italian it is not easy for me to avoid religion in any case, but I have always considered me more a spiritual than a religious person. So this book gave me some very good insight most of all to understand me and my needs and then the fact that I'm far from being alone.Questo libro é stato per me molto interessante, soprattutto per via della mia storia e della mia complicata re I found this book very interesting due to my story and my conflicted and complicated relationship with religion, As I am Italian it is not easy for me to avoid religion in any case, but I have always considered me more a spiritual than a religious person. So this book gave me some very good insight most of all to understand me and my needs and then the fact that I'm far from being alone.Questo libro é stato per me molto interessante, soprattutto per via della mia storia e della mia complicata relazione con la religione. Essendo italiana, per me non é mai stato facile prescindere dal cristianesimo in quanto é presente ovunque, ma mi sono sempre considerata una persona spirituale piuttosto che religiosa, quindi questo libro mi ha offerto parecchi spunti di riflessione per capire meglio soprattutto me stessa, ma anche gli altri e venire a sapere che sono ben lungi dall'essere l'unica con quella che viene definita una "spiritualitá fluida".THANKS EDELWEISS FOR THE PREVIEW!
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