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Belief without BordersInside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious$
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Linda A. Mercadante

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199931002

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931002.001.0001

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Conclusions and Implications

Conclusions and Implications

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(p.227) 9 Conclusions and Implications
Belief without Borders

Linda A. Mercadante

Oxford University Press

There is no simple explanation for why the people in this book have felt compelled to minimize the importance of organized religion. Among the many reasons, however, prior research has given inadequate consideration to the belief factor. This book suggests the need for more awareness of the theological issues that are playing into the decrease in religious affiliation. Although there is diversity in the beliefs these interviewees hold, an underlying consensus appears to be developing and this bears further attention. There are important theological and practical implications that could spring from this developing ethos. The chapter suggests some possible outcomes and potential problems that could emerge which are especially relevant to four audiences: the “nones” who are “spiritual but not religious,” American society in general, American religion, and the church.

Keywords:   implications, theology, nones, spiritual but not religious, society, religion, church, beliefs

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