A Word that Everyone Uses and Some Believe that They Know What it Means


  • Stephen Hunt University of the West of England




the body, gender, Judaic-Christianity, mysticism, spirituality


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How to Cite

Hunt, S. (2015). “Spirituality”: A Word that Everyone Uses and Some Believe that They Know What it Means. Implicit Religion, 18(1), 107–131. https://doi.org/10.1558/imre.v18i1.26880



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