Spiritual but not Religious

Starting this thread, I am reminded of Home Room Class my sophomore year of High School.  Stacy Albert Thomas sat behind me.  On the first day of class that Fall, the teacher handed out a survey.  As the rest of the class worked away in silence, I could hear Stacy reading aloud his responses as he filled in his questionnaire.  When he got to hobbies, he said, as only an overly bright and under-challenged teenager might, “Experimental Theology.”

Experimental Theology!  Can you even say that in Waco Texas, Jerusalem on the Brazos?  I waited for the rumbling thunder and lightning bolts.  The sky remained clear, hot, and silent.

In a small way Stacy, you helped set me on the path of working out my understanding of theology for myself.  Thanks.  If you are out there somewhere in cyberspace, look me up.  It is time we had a reunion.

I recently learned that “spiritual but not religious”, or in cyber-speak “SBNR” is a search term that will land you on a sites devoted to this subject.

The first blog that I visited via this search term remains under construction, so I could not find an answer to the question that always comes to mind when I hear the statement “I’m, spiritual, not religious”, namely what are your objections to religion?

I am sure there are as many answers as there are people who utter those words.  From my own observations, let me start the discussion with what I think underlies this statement.

I’m spiritual not religious:

  • †  I don’t go to church anymore, but I am still a good person
  • †  the religious tradition that I once practiced no longer meets my needs
  • †  I think much of what goes on in church is irrelevant
  • †  I find other pursuits more meaningful
  • †  I was wounded as a child by what I experienced in church, so I won’t go anymore
  • †  I don’t like being told what to think and believe
  • †  I am just too busy and don’t have time for church
  • †  I don’t like the people I meet in church

I invite you to add others to this list while I work on my next post.

One comment

  1. David

    “I don’t have to be in a Church to be close to God.” “Church has become too commercialized, too much like a business.” “Churches today substitute entertainment for spirituality.” “The church is full of hypocrites.” “Too many rituals in church that have lost their meaning over time.” “Churches sing songs in Latin. I don’t speak Latin. In fact, nobody does. The Church is as dead as the Latin language.” “God is dead. We have killed him. These churches are nothing more than the tomb and sepulcher of God.” “Too many in the clergy simply don’t believe in God anymore. What’s the point?”

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