Love Beyond Belief
Finding the Access Point to Spiritual Awareness
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
Thandeka is creator of the Love Beyond Belief™ initiative for progressive congregations and the founder of Contemporary Affect Theology. Her books and publications have secured her place as a major figure in American liberal theology. Formerly an Emmy award-winning television producer, she is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and congregational consultant who was given the Xhosa name Thandeka, which means “beloved,” by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1984.