Tom Shakespeare's essay on the religious/spiritual schtick
is quite nice -- not least in the fact that he simply states his point of view and does not segue into the oleaginous and importuning use of the word "we" which spiritual/religious essays can so frequently indulge.
Here's the mission statement of the piece:
More and more people are rejecting religion but embracing spirituality.
But have they got things the wrong way around, asks Tom Shakespeare.
Words like "god" and "religion" are loaded terms implying a variety things to the individual. The definitions of words seem to shift with the implications they evoke. Religion and "organized" religions are very different things, the difference being the personal responsibility for "spiritual" endeavor rather than having it spoon fed by a charismatic leader/preacher. That would be the definition of a "cult", another loaded term that could apply to most christian experiences.ReplyDelete