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You Can’t Put God in a Box: Thoughtful Spirituality in a Rational Age

Kelly Besecke


This book describes reflexive spirituality, a spirituality that draws equally on religious traditions and traditions of reason in the pursuit of transcendent meaning. People who practice reflexive spirituality prefer metaphor to literalism, spiritual experience to doctrinal belief, religious pluralism to religious exclusivism or inclusivism, and ongoing inquiry to “final answers.” Reflexive spirituality is aligned with liberal theologies in a variety of religions and among the spiritual-but-not-religious. The book draws on original qualitative data to describe how people practiced reflexive sp ... More

Keywords: intellectual rationality, liberal theology, meaning, reflexive spirituality, religious tradition, reason, spiritual, transcendent meaning, technological rationality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199930920
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199930920.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kelly Besecke, author
University of Wisconsin-Madison