Monday, February 4, 2019

When ONE religion is not enough (audio)

Larry Mantle (AirTalk, KPCC 89.3 FM); Amber Larson, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
She symbols of the three monotheistic religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam on an Arab-Jewish center in the northern port city of Haifa (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images).
When One Religion is Not Enough (Bidwell)
When one religion isn’t enough: a Presbyterian minister and practicing Buddhist shares what it means to be "spiritually fluid."
To many in the religious community, spiritually fluid people can be a source of frustration.

How can peple follow more than one religion? Are they confused? Do they have commitment issues? Is there a space for them to belong at all?

Prof. Bidwell, who practices Buddhism as an ordained Presbyterian minister, answers these questions in his new book, When One Religion Isn’t Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People.

He writes that sensitivity and authenticity, coupled with a deep understanding of colonization and the social context of religions, can make for a richer spiritual experience that embraces multiplicity, especially as interfaith marriages and households increase in the U.S.

Host Larry Mantle talks with Prof. Bidwell about the writing of this book, the challenges encountered, and the intriguing lessons learned. More + AUDIO
  • GUEST: Duane R. Bidwell, professor of practical theology, spiritual care, and counseling at Claremont School of Theology is an ordained Presbyterian minister, a practicing Buddhist, and author of When One Religion Isn’t Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People (Beacon Press 2018)
  • KPCC's AirTalk is hosted by Larry Mantle -- weekday mornings wit in-depth discussions of city news, politics, science, the arts, entertainment, and more (866) 893-5722.

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