Multiple religious belonging: Conceptual advance or secularization denial?

Steve Bruce*

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This paper critically examines the notion of ‘multiple religious belonging’ (MRB). Through an analysis of a recent study by Joantine Berghuijs, it argues that MRB is ill-defined and exaggerates the extent of popular religiosity. If MRB is at all common, then the de-legitimating effect of religious pluralism (which is well-supported by the evidence) is challenged. This paper suggests that such a challenge is unwarranted by Berghuijs’s evidence and concludes with an elaboration of the various and very different things that might be encompassed by MRB.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)603-612
Number of pages10
JournalOpen Theology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2017


  • Consumerist religion
  • Multiple religious belonging
  • Secularization


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