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The Heart of Religion: Spiritual Empowerment, Benevolence, and the Experience of God's Love

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Beneath our culture's obsession with wealth and power, status and celebrity, millions of Americans are quietly engaged in a deeply religious struggle to free themselves from petty selfishness and to embrace a life of benevolence and compassion.
Drawing on an extensive random survey of 1,200 men and women across the United States, Matthew Lee, Margaret Poloma, and Stephen P
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Hardcover, 301 pages
Published December 12th 2012 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 14th 2012)
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Cortana
Jan 11, 2013 Cortana rated it it was amazing
Have you ever asked yourself "What is the true heart of religion?"

In a revealing and informative new book "The Heart of Religion: Spiritual Empowerment, Benevolence, and the Experience of God's Love", published by Oxford University Press (December 2012), co-authors (two social scientists and a theologian) Matthew T. Lee, Margaret M. Poloma, and Stephen G. Post undertook the onerous and difficult task of finding the answer to the question which eludes many.

After an extensive random survey of 1,20
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Henk-Jan van der Klis
As part of a large scientific survey if 1,200 men and women across the United States Matthew T. Lee, Margaret M. Poloma, Stephen G. Post describe their conclusions in The Heart of Religion, Spiritual Empowerment, Benevolence, and the Experience of God's Love. Superficially an average American may chase his dream, career and money, but underneath millions are searching meaning in life in a religion. While the researches would like to compare results from Christianity with Islam, Hinduism and ...more
Joan
Aug 24, 2013 Joan rated it liked it
This is the result of a survey the authors took about religious experience and benevolent acts in America. The book is academic in style but they make it as readable as possible. They include just about everything you would like to know about spiritual experiences in America.
The impact of this book is that spiritual experience is alive and well in America and people are transforming their lives and communities because of it.
See my full review at http://bit.ly/17bGGDQ.
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