Linda Mercadante

Distinguished Research Professor
Linda Mercadante
Werner Hall 222

Curriculum vitae


Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1986
Doctoral studies, Graduate Theological Union, 1979-80
M.C.S., Regent College, 1978
B.A., American University, 1968

Areas of expertise

Constructive theology. Core Christian doctrines. “Spiritual but not religious” movement. Theology and culture including: faith and film, trauma/victimization, gender/race/ethnicity. Topics in spirituality including: addiction recovery, spiritual memoir, spiritual geography. Theology of religious pluralism.  

Selected published works

Belief Without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious (Oxford University Press, 2014)

“From Baker’s Daughter to Protestant Theologian: Motivated by the Big Questions,” Faith of Our Mothers, Living Still: Princeton Seminary Women Redefining Ministry (WJKP 2017)

“The SBNR Movement,” Macmillan’s Handbook on Religion, Vol. 2 Social Religion: Historical Consciousness and the Social Sciences, 2016

“Theology of Trauma,” Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology (Cambridge Univ. 2011).

 “Religious and Theological Roots of Alcoholics Anonymous,” Vol. 1, The Praeger International Collection on Addictions, Praeger Perspectives on Abnormal Psych., 2009.

Bloomfield Avenue: A Jewish-Catholic Jersey Girl’s Spiritual Journey (Cowley, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, 2006).

In the media

“‘Cheesy’ and the Church: Cultivating Space for Authentic Emotion,” Bearings Online, Collegeville Institute, July 20, 2017. 

“Can you be spiritual but not religious?” NBC’s Today, April 1, 2015.

“Examining the Growth of the ‘Spiritual but Not Religious’” (featured author in story), The New York Times, July 19, 2014. 

“Sin and Addiction: Conceptual Enemies or Fellow Travelers?”, May 2015. 

“Good news about the spiritual but not religious,” CNN, Feb. 22, 2014.

“Are the Spiritual but Not Religious Turning East?” Huffington Post, April 16, 2014.


Voted among the “Ten Best Blogs of the Year” by Bearings Online, Collegeville Institute, 2017.

Voted among the “Best Spiritual Books of the Year” by Spirituality and Practice, 2015.

Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology, 2010-11: “Unfettered Belief, Untethered Practice: Thinking Theologically about ‘Spiritual but Not Religious.’”

American Academy of Religion and Luce Foundation, “Theologies of Religious Pluralism,” Research Cohort II, 2010-11.

Research Grant, Association of Theological Schools, for “I’m Spiritual but Not Religious: Addressing the Current ‘Cultured Despisers’ of Religion,” 2007-08.

Sites of interest

Healthy Beliefs