Tuesday, March 01, 2016

New Sacred Post: Stop Dismissing the "Spiritual But Not Religious"

“Spiritual, but not religious.”

The term has been around for a few years now. In fact, it’s risen to such prominence and is used by so many people that it now enjoys its own checkbox on religious identity surveys.

The term is relatively simple. Many people, particularly in younger generations, don’t see the point in identifying with institutional religion, have no desire to attend or join any religious center, want no part of any particular tradition with all its obligations, limitations, and historical baggage.

The “spiritual but not religious” may believe in or wish to pursue a connection with a transcendent of some kind, but they’d rather do it in their own way through any number of activities or self-directed study.

Sure, there might be some that just claim the label to avoid a conversation, but there’s no easy way to sort one person from another without asking.

Read the rest at New Sacred.