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Multiple Religious Belonging: Conceptual Advance or Secularization Denial?

Steve Bruce
Published Online: 2017-11-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2017-0047


This paper critically examines the notion of ‘multiple religious belonging’ (MRB). Through an analysis of a recent study by Joantine Berghuijs, it argues that MRB is ill-defined and exaggerates the extent of popular religiosity. If MRB is at all common, then the de-legitimating effect of religious pluralism (which is well-supported by the evidence) is challenged. This paper suggests that such a challenge is unwarranted by Berghuijs’s evidence and concludes with an elaboration of the various and very different things that might be encompassed by MRB.

Keywords: multiple religious belonging; secularization; consumerist religion


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About the article

Received: 2017-10-10

Accepted: 2017-10-16

Published Online: 2017-11-07

Published in Print: 2017-10-26

Citation Information: Open Theology, Volume 3, Issue 1, Pages 603–612, ISSN (Online) 2300-6579, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2017-0047.

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