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"Spiritual But Not Religious" - A Big Cop Out?

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"I'm spiritual, but not religious."

It's a phrase heard all the time these days. It refers to feeling connected with some higher power, but resisting organized religion. This has led to an acronym (SBNR) and a Facebook page. SBNR has been alternatively described as "Burger King spirituality" (have it your way) and "going on a spiritual walkabout". According to a recent Newsweek poll, 30% of Americans now refer to themselves as "spiritual but not religious". In England, only half of the citizens call themselves Christian.

So why is organized religion proving so unpopular these days? Certainly, daily news stories about the Catholic abuse scandal have added to an already growing disillusionment with the church in general. There is also a perception that religion espouses hatred, which is wholly unacceptable for most people in the age of tolerance for diversity. As Lady Gaga tells the Times Online:… Continues …

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