The Heart of Religion: Spiritual Empowerment, Benevolence, and the Experience of God's Love

The Heart of Religion: Spiritual Empowerment, Benevolence, and the Experience of God's Love

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Drawing on an extensive survey of 1,200 Christian men and women across the United States, as well as 120 in-depth interviews, Matthew T. Lee, Margaret M. Poloma, and Stephen G. Post offer a deeper and more nuanced study of religion and benevolence, finding that it is the experience of God as loving that activates religious networks and moves people to do good for others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199986934
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/05/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Matthew T. Lee is Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Akron. He is co-author, with Margaret Poloma, of A Sociological Study of the Great Commandment in Pentecostalism.
Margaret M. Poloma is Research Professor of Sociology, University of Akron. She is the author of Main Street Mystics, among other books.
Stephen G. Post is the President of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love (, the author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping, and a Professor of Medical Humanities at Stony Brook University.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Chapter 1: Why Should We Care about Godly Love?
Chapter 2: Diversities in the Experience and Expression of Godly Love
Chapter 3: Introducing the Exemplars of Godly Love
Chapter 4: Partnering with the Divine: Spiritual Transformation and Godly Love
Chapter 5: The Breath of Prayer: Energizing Godly Love
Chapter 6: The Cup of Suffering and Joy: Divine Love and Healing
Chapter 7: Human Partners and Godly Love: Relationships Forming Fluid Networks
Chapter 8: Benevolence in the Eyes of the Beholder: Effects of Social Filters
Conclusion: Cultural Grids and Biblical Holes

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