When One Religion Isn't Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People

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An exploration of the gifts and challenges of being part of two or more religious traditions at the same time.

The world sees religious and spiritual identity as pure, static, and singular, but some people regularly cross religious boundaries. These "spiritually fluid" people celebrate complex religious bonds, and in the process they blur social categories, evoke prejudice, and complicate religious communities. Their presence sparks questions: How and why do people become spiritually fluid? Are they just confused or unable to commit? How do we make sense of them?
Already, one-third of US marriages are interfaith and nearly one-third of Americans report worshiping in more than one religious tradition. In the past decade scholars have become increasingly interested in the phenomenon of complex religious bonds. But they frame it primarily as a choice, asking: "Is it possible?" and "Is it right?" For some people, being spiritually fluid is indeed a choice, but for most, it's about relationships, culture, and a response to colonialism, migration, and family history. Through in-depth conversations with five spiritually fluid people, When One Religion Isn't Enough explores how people come to claim multiple religious traditions, how spiritually fluid people engage radically opposed truth claims, and what religious multiplicity means for religion and spirituality today.

Title:When One Religion Isn't Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People
Edition Language:English

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  • Rhiannon Grant

    A mix of theorising and personal experience makes this reflective book both a good read and a useful resource. I wouldn't have minded something more academic (in the sense of digging deeper in the the...

  • Jason Comely

    This thoughtful book came at just the right time for me. If you are a person with multi-religious beliefs, either by birth or by choice (as in my case), you should read this. ...

  • Annarella

    An interesting book about contemporary religious life. It's full of interesting insight and it's an engagin and fascinating read.Highly recommended!Many thanks to Beacon Press and Edelweiss for this A...


    I found this book very interesting due to my story and my conflicted and complicated relationship with religion, As I am Italian it is not easy for me to avoid religion in any case, but I have always ...