The Enchanting Dream of “Spiritual Capital”


  • Francesca E.S. Montemaggi Cardiff University



social capital, spiritual capital, religion, community, social action


Spiritual capital has gained prominence in the past decade as the social capital of faith based organizations (FBOs). In a previous issue of Implicit Religion, Chris Baker and Jonathan Miles-Watson, of the William Temple Foundation (WTF), presented an exhaustive review of the relevant literature on social capital and spiritual capital, and proposed a notion of spiritual capital that includes religious culture motivating social action (Baker and Miles-Watson 2010). This interpretation has transformed the original notion of spiritual capital into a normative concept that seeks to celebrate spirituality rather than understand it. This paper presents a critical reflection on the implications of such an approach and argues for the differentiation and analysis of religious phenomena.


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How to Cite

Montemaggi, F. E. (2011). The Enchanting Dream of “Spiritual Capital”. Implicit Religion, 14(1), 67–86.