Response to Montemaggi’s Dream of Spiritual Capital


  • Chris Baker William Temple Foundation
  • J. Miles Watson William Temple Foundation



social capital, spiritual capital, spirituality, social capacity


We are grateful for Francesca Montemaggi’s extended critique of our literature review. We are also grateful to the Editor of Implicit Religion for giving us the opportunity to respond to her critique. Our response will have two emphases. One is a review of Montemaggi’s interpretation of our original article. The other takes a broader and more thematic perspective.


Baker, C. 2009. Blurred encounters? Religious literacy, spiritual capital and language. In Faith in the Public Realm: Controversies, Polices and Practice, edited by A. Dinham, R. Furbey, and V. Lowndes, 105–122. Bristol: Policy Press.

Baker, C. and J. Miles-Watson. 2008. Exploring secular spiritual capital: an engagement in religious and secular dialogue for a common future. International Journal of Public Theology 2: 442–464. doi:10.1163/156973208X335297

Miles-Watson, J. 2009. Welsh Mythology: a neo-structuralist analysis. New York: Cambria Press.

Putnam, R. and E. Campbell. 2010. American Grace: how religion divides and unites us. New York: Simon and Schuster.



How to Cite

Baker, C., & Miles Watson, J. (2011). Response to Montemaggi’s Dream of Spiritual Capital. Implicit Religion, 14(1), 87–92.