Spiritual, but not religious: understanding unchurched America
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Oxford : New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
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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, aNew Age fad that will soon fade, or a long-standing and essential aspect of the American experience?In Spiritual But Not Religious, Robert Fuller offers fascinating answers to these questions. He shows that alternative spiritual practices have a long and rich history in America, dating back to the colonial period, when church membership rarely exceeded 17% and interest in astrology,numerology, magic, and witchcraft ran high. Fuller traces such unchurched traditions into the mid-nineteenth century, when Americans responded enthusiastically to new philosophies such as Swedenborgianism, Transcendentalism, and mesmerism, right up to the current interest in meditation, channeling,divination, and a host of other unconventional spiritual practices. Throughout, Fuller argues that far from the flighty and narcissistic dilettantes they are often made out to be, unchurched spiritual seekers embrace a mature and dynamic set of basic beliefs. They focus on inner sources ofspirituality and on this world rather than the afterlife; they believe in the accessibility of God and in the mind's untapped powers; they see a fundamental unity between science and religion and an equality between genders and races; and they are more willing to test their beliefs and change themwhen they prove untenable.Timely, sweeping in its scope, and informed by a clear historical understanding, Spiritual But Not Religious offers fresh perspective on the growing numbers of Americans who find their spirituality outside the church.
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Fuller, R. C. (2001). Spiritual, but not religious: understanding unchurched America. Oxford : New York, Oxford University Press.

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Fuller, Robert C., 1952-. 2001. Spiritual, but Not Religious: Understanding Unchurched America. Oxford : New York, Oxford University Press.

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Fuller, Robert C., 1952-, Spiritual, but Not Religious: Understanding Unchurched America. Oxford : New York, Oxford University Press, 2001.

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Fuller, Robert C. Spiritual, but Not Religious: Understanding Unchurched America. Oxford : New York, Oxford University Press, 2001.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [179]-203) and index.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
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