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The Heart of Religion – Spiritual Empowerment, Benevolence, and the Experience of God's Love - Oxford Scholarship Online
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The Heart of Religion: Spiritual Empowerment, Benevolence, and the Experience of God's Love

Matthew T. Lee, Margaret M. Poloma, and Stephen G. Post


Beneath our culture's obsession with wealth and power, status and celebrity, millions of Americans are quietly engaged in a deeply religious struggle to wake up from petty selfishness and to embrace a life of benevolence and compassion. Drawing on a random survey of 1,200 men and women across the United States, this book sheds new light on how Americans wake up to the reality of divine love and how that transformative experience expresses itself in concrete acts of benevolence. The book finds that the vast majority of Americans (eight out of ten) report that they have felt God's love increasin ... More

Keywords: religion, selfishness, compassion, benevolence, divine love, God, social justice, church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199931880
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931880.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew T. Lee, author
University of Akron

Margaret M. Poloma, author
University of Akron

Stephen G. Post, author
Stony Brook University