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

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

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

    I'm a disciple of Christ (LDS) and Buddhism clarifies a lot for me, much like studying Spanish helps me better understand English grammar. Anyway, this thoughtful book appeared at just the right time....

  • Eglizard

    At last, a favorable book about my kind of people. Under Religion on my hospital patient profile is listed “Unknown,” since I would not be forced into a one-box category. Bidwell interviews people...

  • Nancy

    I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I might classify myself as a religious skeptic, curious about religions other than the one I have been a part of throughout my life. I have often tho...

  • Janet

    I picked this up at my library because I'm interested in this topic. When I did my Masters dissertation I looked at the religious identities of people who grew up in interfaith homes. I found that a l...

  • 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...

  • Jaime Oakeson

    Interesting, more anecdotal than I was expecting/hoping for....

  • Bribre01

    2.5 stars. Interesting, but very repetitive and dry. Would’ve preferred more stories about spiritually fluid people and less academic theory. ...

  • Cate

    This is another one of those books that I think would have been better as a longform article. However, it's still really good and there's not a whole lot of original research or writing on this topic....

  • GONZA

    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 ...