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How Does it Fit? Multiple Religious Belonging, Spiritual but not Religious, and The Dances of Universal Peace

Linda Mercadante
Published Online: 2017-01-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2017-0002

Abstract

Are people who call themselves “spiritual but not religious” (SBNR) actually practicing multiple religious belonging (MRB)? Or are “multiple religious participation” or “multiple religious involvement” better designations? This article suggests that “multiple religious orientation” fits their practices better. But a subset of the SBNR movement, The Dances of Universal Peace, is used as a case study in straddling the boundaries between MRB and SBNR. It also suggests ways to understand and locate the practices of SBNRs within the MRB discussion.

Keywords: multiple religious belonging; spiritual but not religious; Dances of Universal Peace

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About the article

Received: 2016-04-30

Accepted: 2016-09-23

Published Online: 2017-01-13

Published in Print: 2017-01-26


Citation Information: Open Theology, Volume 3, Issue 1, Pages 10–18, ISSN (Online) 2300-6579, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2017-0002.

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