Spirituality Without Spirits

I read with great interest David Mills’ article, Sprituality Without Spirits, on the First Things website this morning.  He Holy Spirit Windowaddresses a significant issue which has long gnawed at me regarding the often heard phrase: “I am a spiritual person, but I don’t belong to any religion.”  We have probably all heard some variation of this before and have wondered how to respond.  I encourage you to read the article and share your comments below.  Have you encountered this before?  How do you respond?

Spirituality Without Spirits

By David Mills, Deputy Editor of First Things

It’s a great and self-serving mess, this claim to be “spiritual but not religious,” which we hear from almost anyone who talks about religion in public, outside those the worldlings define as fundamentalist (me, probably you, Joseph Bottum, David Goldman, Benedict XVI, Hassidic Jews, devout Muslims, religious families with more than four children).

It’s one of those easily remembered phrases that work like a “get out of jail free” card for anyone who feels…

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2 Comments

  1. This is an important article which makes several good points. Please read, reflect and share!

    Thanks and God bless-

    Randy Hain

  2. I want to memorize this quote: ““spirituality” is easier to find and much less costly than the alternatives. Drugs and drink are bad for you, and wealth and sex are hard to get, and achievement takes work.”

    Seriously, this is an excellent article and, Randy, I know that, like me, you are a convert. I have folks in my family who “resemble this remark”. Maybe you can relate.

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