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Sample of Publications on Addiction & Recovery by Dr. Linda Mercadante

What is addiction, really? Some think it is a medical problem, others think it is essentially a spiritual illness, and still others insist it is about personal choice.  How can we consider all these aspects in a compassionate and effective manner?  Understanding the theology that undergirds addiction recovery is one very important way.  The good news is that addiction recovery can become a blessing in disguise, being the start of true spiritual liberation!

“Helping Addicts Move Beyond the Spiritual Wading Pool: A New Approach to Religion and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions,”in THE JOURNAL OF EXISTENTIAL PSYCHOLOGY + PSYCHOTHERAPY Fall 2010

“Religious and Theological Roots of Alcoholics Anonymous,” Vol. 1, THE PRAEGER INTERNATIONAL COLLECTION ON ADDICTIONS, Praeger Perspectives on Abnormal Psych., 2009

“Theology of Trauma,”CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY OF CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY, Cambridge University Press, (forthcoming 2010)

A Spirituality for “After” in the Journal of Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute

“Anguish: Perspectives on Victimization,”CONSTRUCTIVE THEOLOGY: A Contemporary Approach to Classical Themes, with CD-Rom,Serene Jones and Paul Lakeland, eds., Fortress Press 2005

“Sin, Gender and Addiction”

“Anguish: Unraveling Sin and Victimization” in the Anglican Theological Review

“Addiction and Recovery: Bill Moyers PBS Special” in The Christian Century

“The Church and Addiction Recovery” in Addiction in America, Christian Networks Journal, Summer 2005

“Sin, Addiction and Freedom,” in Reconstructing Christian Theology, eds. Rebecca Chopp and Mark Kline Taylor, Fortress, 1994

“Of an exceptionally high caliber… achiev[ing] an impressive clarity [and]… skillful… passionate ‘intertwinement’ of doctrine and problematic.” Douglas John Hall, Ph.D., Theology Today, Apr ‘96

“Addiction,” Dictionary of Feminist Theologies, Westminster/John Knox Press, 1996

“Addiction and Recovery,” The Christian Century, March 18-25, 1998

“Gender, Sin, and Addiction,” Journal of Ministry in Addiction & Recovery, Fall 1996

“Anguish and Victimization,” Constructive Theology: A Contemporary Approach to Classical Themes,
Serene Jones and Paul Lakeland, eds., Augsburg Fortress Press 2005

“Violence, Abuse, and Oppression”
Women’s Bible Commentary, InterVarsity, 2001.

Dictionary of Feminist Theologies
Westminster/John Knox, 1996

“Gender, Sin, and Addiction”
Journal of Ministry in Addiction & Recovery, Fall ‘96

“Pelagian Theology Lives on in Science: Medical Model of Addictions Blames ‘Religion ’ Interview with Linda Mercadante.  In VITAL THEOLOGY: HELPING PEOPLE THINK THEOLOGICALLY, 11/07, 4:4

“Soul Survivors: Spirituality in Addiction and Recovery,” Report on researchers, SOCIAL WORK TODAY, March/April 2006

“Interview on Addiction & Spirituality Conference,” SCIENCE AND THEOLOGY NEWS, 2005

Sample of Resources on Dr. Mercadante’s Spiritual But Not Religious Project

Many people today claim to be “spiritual but not religious.” They avoid dogmatism, shun institutionalism, practice a variety of spiritualities and draw from many wells. How did this movement start and what can we learn from it? Most important, how can we serve the needs of this growing group of determined seekers?

A Sampling of Articles and Interviews on Dr. Mercadante’s new book, Belief without Borders: Inside the Mind of the Spiritual but not Religious

The National Catholic Reporter 

Spirituality & Practice

First Things

THE Times Higher Education

The Columbus Dispatch

The Christian Century

 Publishers’ Weekly

Association for Mormon Letters


Blogs: The Huffington Post,, and OUPblog

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“Examining the Growth of the SBNRs,” The  New York Times

“Good News about the Spiritual but not Religious”

“Are the SBNRs Turning East?

“SBNRs: Knowing the Types, Avoiding the Traps”

“Going, Going, Gone, Books Studies Exodus from Religion”

“Theology Prof Advises Faiths on Reaching the SBNRs”

Prof. Interviewed in Columbus Dispatch”

“The Seeker Next Doors: What Drives the SBRNs?”

“Religious Indifferents: What’s the Big Deal Anyway?”

“Spirituality and Practice”

A Sampling of Audio Resources:

“The Spiritual but not Religious Show” interview with host George Lewis, Mar. 1, 2011

“Spirituality or Religion?,” Interview and Call-In, WOSU 820 AM, All Sides with Ann Fisher, Aug. 2010

“What Does it Mean to Say You’re Spiritual but Not Religious”, Interview with L.Mercadante.  On OPEN LINE WITH FRED ANDERLE, WOSU [NPR affiliate] 6/08

A Sampling of Published Resources:

“Minister Launches SBNR site: Interview,” THE CHRISTIAN POST, April 2009,

“Help Needed,”THE’S POSTEROUS, Jan. 2009,

“Minister Studies Why Americans Are ‘Spiritual but not Religious,” THE CHRISTIAN POST, Oct. 2008,

To church or not to church: PC(USA) researcher studies the ‘spiritual but not religious,’” Jerry Van Marter,  PRESBYTERIAN NEWS SERVICE ONLINE, 10/08

“What Does it Mean to Say You’re Spiritual but Not Religious”, Interview with L.Mercadante.  On OPEN LINE WITH FRED ANDERLE, WOSU [NPR affiliate] 6/08

“Minister Studies Why Americans are Spiritual but not Religious,”ANGLICANS ABLAZE, 10/23/08

“More Describe Selves as Spiritual, Not Religious,” Front page story on Mercadante research project, in BOULDER DAILY CAMERA [BOULDER, CO] 4/08

“To Church or Not to Church,”KRUSE KRONICLE, 10/08

“What does ‘Spiritual but not Religious’ Mean?”NOVA SCOTIA SCOTT, Oct. 24, 2008

“To Church or Not to Church,”JOHN MARK MINISTRIES, Oct. 2008