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Choosing Our ReligionThe Spiritual Lives of America's Nones$
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Elizabeth Drescher

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199341221

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341221.001.0001

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An American Spiritual Pilgrimage

(p.1) Introduction
Choosing Our Religion

Elizabeth Drescher

Oxford University Press

The spiritual lives of American Nones follow a path of religious creativity and invention common to not only Nones but also “Somes,” as one might call the religiously affiliated. The author’s journey across historical and contemporary American spiritual landscapes begins in the introduction with a labyrinth walk with Dorit Brauer, a Spiritual None whose diverse, eclectic, self-authorized spiritualities sparked an early interest in the topic. Setting the stage for pilgrimages with Nones across the United States requires moving well beyond recent demographic data on the religiously unaffiliated and into their everyday experience of the spiritual. Here, the usual measures—belief in God, worship attendance, regular prayer—are increasingly less meaningful indicators of the extent or depth of American religiosity or spirituality.

Keywords:   Nones, spiritual lives, labyrinth, pilgrimage, religiously unaffiliated, spirituality, American religiosity, American spirituality

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