Reading like a summary of Dispirited (sort of), Alan Miller of CNN offers his take on the “I’m spiritual, but not religious”.
The increasingly common refrain that “I’m spiritual, but not religious,” represents some of the most retrogressive aspects of contemporary society. The spiritual but not religious “movement” – an inappropriate term as that would suggest some collective, organizational aspect – highlights the implosion of belief that has struck at the heart of Western society.
Later he says:
But when the contemporary fashion is for an abundance of relativist “truths” and what appears to be in the ascendancy is how one “feels” and even governments aim to have a “happiness agenda,” desperate to fill a gap at the heart of civic society, then being old-fashioned may not be such a terrible accusation.
It is within the context of today’s anti-big, anti-discipline, anti-challenging climate – in combination with a therapeutic turn in which everything can be resolved through addressing my inner existential being – that the spiritual but not religious outlook has flourished.
So far, I agree with much he says – but that is not the interesting thing.. He gets a reaction not unlike that got from some: even though he says choose between religion and full-on atheism, people see him as supporting organised religion.. One comment of the 6000+ currently on there captures this:
The author sounds like someone trying their best to keep the churches filled, and the money coming in. Churches are seeing their congregations dwindle, so they send out yahoos like this guy to try to change the thinking and guilt people back into those big old stone buildings with creepy old dudes giving long lectures – not gonna happen, sorry.
The article is not only lame, but also shows the author’s and the aim of the ‘religionists’ to create and make people conform to their predefined structures. Afterall, the conservative, narrow-minded bishops, imams are better judge of how to define your moral behavior than a reasonable, logical thinking man/woman. CNN keep up the good work, please publish more of such idiotic articles and play down to the dumbing of American thought process!
Seems the key feature of being ‘Spiritual but not Religious’ (SBNR) is being angry, easy to offend and not actually reading what people are saying..?