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The Resource When one religion isn't enough : the lives of spiritually fluid people, Duane R. Bidwell

When one religion isn't enough : the lives of spiritually fluid people, Duane R. Bidwell

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When one religion isn't enough : the lives of spiritually fluid people
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When one religion isn't enough
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the lives of spiritually fluid people
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Duane R. Bidwell
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  • When one religion is not enough
  • When one religion isnt enough
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the lives of spiritually fluid people
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eng
Summary
In the United States, we often assume religious and spiritual identity are 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? When One Religion Isn't Enough explores the lives of spiritually fluid people, revealing that while some chose multiple religious belonging, many more inherit it. For many North Americans, the complicated legacies of colonialism are part of their family story, and they may consider themselves both Christian and Hindu, or Buddhist, or Yoruban, or one of the many other religions native to colonized lands. For some Asian Americans, singular religious identity may seem an alien concept, as many East Asian nations freely mix Buddhist, Confucian, Taoist, and other traditions. Some African American Christians are consciously seeking to reconnect with ancestral spiritualities. And still other people are born into religiously mixed families. Jewish-Christian intermarriage led the way in the US, but religious diversity here is only increasing: almost four in ten Americans (39 percent) who have married since 2010 have a spouse who is in a different religious group. Through in-depth conversations with spiritually fluid people, renowned scholar Duane Bidwell explores how people come to claim and be claimed by multiple religious traditions, how spiritually fluid people engage radically opposed truth claims, and what this growing population tells us about change within our communities
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Library Journal Best Books, 2018.
Review
  • In this underdeveloped book, Bidwell (Empowering Couples), professor of practical theology, spiritual care, and counseling at Claremont School of Theology in California, makes a strong argument in favor of embracing more than one religious faith, but insufficiently examines the downsides of religious pluralism. Bidwell uses the term spiritual fluidity to describe people who, in major or minor ways, lean into several faiths. This can include choosing, being born into, or practicing aspects of more than one religion, and ranges from adopting a few alternative faith practices to fully joining two religions or hybridizing different faiths into a new whole. Bidwell states that religious fluidity in the U.S. is more common than ever, but only supports his argument with personal stories (such as the professed faith of basketball player Joakim Noah) rather than with data. Though Bidwell gives examples of human “flourishing” from religious fluidity, he also assigns victim status to religious multiplicity followers, calling the risk of “coming out” as dual faith “enormous.” Bidwell’s examples of religiously fluid people are all very high profile (Noah, Barack Obama) or extremely specialized (Buddhist Christian Paul Knitter), which may leave readers who are neither a bit at a loss. Although his discussions of theology are interesting, his insistence on the threat to multi-religion Westerners comes off as trivial compared to the real persecution of truly marginalized religious groups. Nevertheless, this book will be a good conversation starter for interfaith religion classes. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed 11/05/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 45, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ As an ordained Presbyterian minister and practicing Buddhist, Bidwell (practical theology, Claremont Sch. of Theology; Short Term Spiritual Guidance) writes with a first-person understanding and empathy to explore how and why people claim more than one religion as well as strategies to find one's way in a primarily monoreligious culture. He profiles three categories of "spiritually fluid people": those who choose multiple religious identities, those born into a family with multiple religions, and those who combine or collaborate spiritual practices. Finally, Bidwell examines the advantages polyreligious adherents bring to a global culture and clearly makes the case that multireligious identity does not seek salvation or orthodoxy since those terms are specifically Christian. He further discusses the increasing complexity of interreligious dialog, the expansion of conventional religious categories, and the growing acceptance of multiple religious identities. VERDICT Will appeal to spiritual readers seeking an understanding and affirmation of the growing multireligious movement. Strongly recommended for libraries of all types. --Ray Arnett (Reviewed 10/15/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 17, p53)
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collective biography
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10747209
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Bidwell, Duane R
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261.2
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Christianity and other religions
  • Spiritual biography
  • Christianity and other religions
  • Spiritual biography
  • RELIGION / Comparative Religion
  • RELIGION / Ecumenism & Interfaith
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion
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the lives of spiritually fluid people
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When one religion isn't enough : the lives of spiritually fluid people, Duane R. Bidwell
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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Contents
Where I stand -- "Normal" spirituality? -- Choosing -- Receiving -- Collaborating -- A field guide to spiritual fluidity -- Observations, implications, provocations -- A note on methods and criteria
Control code
on1050140079
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
180 pages
Isbn
9780807091241
Lccn
2018018026
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1050140079
Label
When one religion isn't enough : the lives of spiritually fluid people, Duane R. Bidwell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Where I stand -- "Normal" spirituality? -- Choosing -- Receiving -- Collaborating -- A field guide to spiritual fluidity -- Observations, implications, provocations -- A note on methods and criteria
Control code
on1050140079
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
180 pages
Isbn
9780807091241
Lccn
2018018026
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1050140079

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