By André Droogers
• Does God take aspects in non secular energy struggles?
• Can God continue to exist non secular exclusivity and diversity?
• Is God migrating from "out there" to "in here"?
• Is faith sustainable within the lengthy run?
In looking solutions to those questions, this publication explores the chances afforded by way of playful faith. faith has playful origins, yet this element is forgotten once institutional strength turns into self-serving rather than subservient. strength adjustments the very essence of faith. nearly all religions are distorted models of a playful unique. Institutionalization is religion's curse, now not its blessing. obvious luck hides the failure of faith to be devoted to its unique reason. This e-book is helping locate the best way again from bordering to inclusivity and openness.
"Religion at Play is a piece of affection, a passionate demand us to permit mind's eye and openness advisor non secular adventure. Visionary and movingly written, the e-book affirms people's means to thwart strength and to make spiritual event a colourful aspect in additional simply world-making projects."
--João Biehl, writer of Vita
"Play and playfulness should not usually linked to faith, specially in its institutional types. during this publication, a exclusive anthropologist of faith reexamines the connection among energy and play, asking . . . even if the 'ludic' makes the human animal lucid or ludicrous? no matter what we finish, this beneficiant and deeply own essay is stuffed with knowledge. we should always certainly make it a behavior to appear for attainable inversions. we should always now not, notwithstanding, make this our day-by-day bread. positioned otherwise, we should always most probably interrogate our convictions, yet we should always think carefully prior to we abandon them."
--Grace Davie, writer of Religion in Britain when you consider that 1945
"Designed as a private manifesto, difficult to either religion believers and atheists, André Droogers' booklet Religion at Play combines creatively studies in numerous continents within which he lived and rigorous scholarly study. A shift of standpoint from a strong to a playful faith is recommended. hence, it additionally invitations every one reader to playfully enterprise that same shift in terms of his or her assumptions concerning faith and life."
--Walter Altmann, writer of Luther and Liberation
André Droogers is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Anthropology on the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. His different books comprise Play and tool in faith: amassed Essays (2012) and (with Anton van Harskamp) Methods for the research of spiritual switch: From spiritual experiences to Worldview Studies (2014). learn extra at www.andredroogers.nl.