Love Beyond Belief

Finding the Access Point to Spiritual Awareness

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  • Farmington, MN: 
    Polebridge Press
    , September
     268 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Theodore Vial forthcoming.


Using insights from the brain science of emotions, Love Beyond Belief: Finding the Access Point to Spiritual Awareness narrates two millennia of lost-and-found stories about love beyond belief as the access point to the heart and soul of spiritual life. Many of today's "spiritual but not religious" people—one in four US adults—have found the access point to spiritual experience that Western Christianity lost: unconditional love. Love Beyond Belief tracks the history of this lost emotion.

Thandeka (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University) has written Love Beyond Belief with two goals in mind: to resolve the emotional-deficit problem in so many "corpse cold" (Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words) mainline congregations today; and to offer a primer for "spiritual but not religious" people to build up and network their spiritual communities.

With a foreword by John B. Cobb, Jr

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Thandeka is Affect Theologian in Residence at Andover Newton Theological School and the author of The Embodied Self: Friedrich Schleiermacher’s Solution to Kant’s Problem of the Empirical Self (1995) and Learning to be White: Money, Race and God in America (1999, German edition 2009). Her essays include work in The Oxford University Handbook on Feminist Theology and Globalization (2011), and The Cambridge Companion to Schleiermacher (2005).


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