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Belief without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious

Linda A. Mercadante


“Nones”—those without religious affiliation—now outnumber even the largest Protestant denominations in America. Many of these “nones” self-identify as “spiritual but not religious” (SBNR). This book represents one of the first qualitative research studies of SBNRs, analyzing about one hundred in-depth interviews, as well as many more informal conversations, site visits, and focus groups. In it, spiritual explorers describe their journeys, unpack their beliefs, and explain their feelings about organized religion. The book seriously considers the latent theology within this movement and pays p ... More

Keywords: belief, qualitative research, religion, theology, nones, transcendence, human nature, community, afterlife, spiritual but not religious

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199931002
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931002.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linda A. Mercadante, author
Methodist Theological School in Ohio