We are reading and discussing Belief Without Borders – Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious, by Linda A. Mercadante (2014). The last 20 years have seen a dramatic increase in “nones”: people who do not claim any religious affiliation. “Nones” now outnumber even the largest Protestant denominations in America. They are not to be confused with secularists, however, for many of them identify themselves as “spiritual but not religious” (SBNR).
In this book, theologian and one-time SBNR Linda Mercadante gives these individuals a chance to speak for themselves. The conclusions she draws are startling: despite the fact that SBNRs routinely discount the creeds and doctrines of organized religion, many have devised a structured set of beliefs, often purposefully in opposition to doctrines associated with Christianity.
The process of sharing our responses to the text yields not only a learning experience but also community, fellowship and new connections for our faith journeys. Visitors and new participants are always welcome. Participants should get their own copy of the book.
Contact Linda Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.