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Spiritual, but Not Religious

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When most people say that they are “spiritual, but not religious” they often mean they don’t go to church, but commune with the universe or something larger than themselves in nature.

If they mean “not religious” in the sense of not following rigid/mechanical standards of piety and behavior and yet have true compassion, then Jesus would probably approve. He was sharply critical of “religious” people of his time because their hearts were far from God. However, my guess is that he might not approve of our highly individualistic understanding of spirituality.

Lilian Daniel makes the point that true spirituality is best practiced in community, where it is usually challenging to live out faith. As she says, “There is nothing challenging about having deep thoughts all by oneself. What is interesting is doing this work in community, where other people might call you on stuff, or heaven forbid, disagree with you… to encounter God in a real human community”.

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