One person, two faiths – “double-belonging” sparks religious debate

Feb 14, 2011
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The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of religion (or non-religion). It also protects practitioners of “double belonging,” people who follow two religions simultaneously. Americans are used to being able to pick and chose from various religious traditions. What’s wrong with a Christian doing yoga or a Jew donning Buddha earrings? So-called double-belongers take it further, embracing two distinctly different traditions with a profound sense of belief and involvement in both. But in religious circles, these people are often criticized as superficial, cafeteria-style spiritualists. Is there a lack of tolerance for the bi-faithful? Can one be truly committed to two religions simultaneously?

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