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Spiritual, But Not Religious: Understanding Unchurched America
Nearly 40% of all Americans have no connection with organized religion. Yet many of these people, even though they might never step inside a house of worship, live profoundly spiritual lives. But what is the nature and value of unchurched spirituality in America? Is it a recent phenomenon, a New Age fad that will soon fade, or a long-standing and essential aspect of the ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 10th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 1st 2001)
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May 15, 2014 Jeremy Garber rated it really liked it
Think spiritual but not religious is something that was made up in the 21st century? Fuller provides an interesting, broad look at the historic currents of the unchurched or spiritual but not religious strain in American religion and spirituality. He contends that unchurched spirituality is not a secular orientation, but religious belief and activity outside traditional structures, which has a long American history. Fuller outlines the common themes in unchurched American spirituality as: 1) the ...more
Grants antiquity to the 'new' concept of "spiritual but not religious"...influencial and seemingly rational people in America have held an amazing array of beliefs, and seemingly amazing people have held a rational array of beliefs. Discusses the influences of this always-"new" spiritual marketplace...that's been around forever.
This is an important book on the history and impact of the "spiritual but not religious" in America. Fuller shows clearly that this is not a new phenomenon, but rather has been a large aspect of America's culture since its inception. Most importantly Fuller shows the profound impact the spiritual questing of the SBNR has had on mainstream "churched" spirituality in America.
Robert C. Fullers Spiritual but not Religious explored faith traditions embraced by the seekers of spiritual growth. These were those individuals who were interested in Swedenborgianism, Transcendentalism, mesmerism, spiritualism, and countless others. But what was of interest to this reviewer was the role played by psychology of such figures like William James, Abraham Maslow, Carl Jung, and Carl Rogers. Gordon Allport, professor of personality theory at Yale University, and James Fowler, ...more
Dr. Robert Fuller has received national and international acclaim for his unique contributions in the areas of American cultural history and the interaction of religion and the social sciences. Author of twelve books, including five by Oxford University Press, and numerous articles published in professional journals, he is among the top authorities in his field with a number of his books being ...more