Monthly Archives: October 2014

Mercadante-community and authority

Linda Mercadante interviewed a bunch of people who say they are spiritual but not religious (SBNR). Her book, Belief Without Borders is about those interviews and her theological evaluation of SBNR spirituality. She asked them about community. Many of them … Continue reading

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Mercadante-a paradox about community

I read Linda Mercadante’s chapter on community in Belief Without Borders. There is a paradox in the American way of thinking about community. Americans support community and lament a perceived lack of it. Yet we are pretty individualistic in our … Continue reading

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Mercadante-human nature

I once found to my astonishment that one older lady who had grown up and then raised her own family in the church thought that “thou shalt not judge” was one of the Ten Commandments. There is a powerful urge … Continue reading

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Mercadante-monism

I am reading the chapter on transcendence in Linda Mercadante’s Belief Without Borders. One part of the spiritual but not religious (SBNR) view of transcendence concerns what they reject from Judaism and Christianity. That was the theme of my previous … Continue reading

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Mercadante-transcendence

In reading Linda Mercadante’s Belief Without Borders I’ve come to the theological substance of her interviews with people who identify as spiritual but not religious (SBNR). She said she asked them about four basic topics: God, human nature, community, and … Continue reading

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Mercadante-SBNR and the belief that all is one

Is there anything cohesive about the people who claim to be spiritual but not religious (SBNR)? In other words, is it possible that this is just a movement to individualism and intellectual anarchy with each person going their own unique … Continue reading

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A misunderstanding of cult

Here is a link about new find in Israel.   A massive cult complex, dating back about 3,300 years, has been discovered at the site of Tel Burna in Israel.   I do not know what we will ultimately conclude … Continue reading

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