Friday, June 04, 2010
CNN - John Blake - Being "spiritual but not religious" means you do not need a church or a community, some say. A beach will do.
"I'm spiritual but not religious." It's a trendy phrase people often use to describe their belief that they don't need organized religion to live a life of faith. But for Jesuit priest James Martin, the phrase also hints at something else: selfishness.
"Being spiritual but not religious can lead to complacency and self-centeredness," says Martin, an editor at
, a national Catholic magazine based in America . "If it's just you and God in your room, and a religious community makes no demands on you, why help the poor?" … New York City
The phrase is now so commonplace that it's spawned its own acronym ("I'm SBNR") and Facebook page: SBNR.org. … Being a spiritual Lone Ranger fits the tenor of our times, says June-Ann Greeley, a theology and philosophy professor.]
[Spirituality, entangled: an interview with Courtney Bender from The Immanent Frame by Nathan Schneider
Her latest book, The New Metaphysicals: Spirituality and the American Religious Imagination (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming in June), emerged from her research in Cambridge, Massachusetts among people whose “spiritual but not religious” practices and outlooks have been unaccounted for by conventional methods used to identify and study communities of belief.
“History is extremely important, and its elision is an ongoing problem with so much of the popular discourse about spirituality, which tends to suggest that it is a condition rather than a tradition. Sociologists and scholars of American religion need to have a better understanding of the complex religious and cultural pasts that form our present. …
But what is puzzling about spirituality is that, even as the number of monographs on the topic grows, these histories don’t seem to resonate with contemporary people who call themselves spiritual, or with most scholars who look at its present manifestations.” Feel Philosophy]
It seems that the Heehs Lives Party has a strong fascination for this SBNR movement and therefore their antipathy towards the devotionalists and queuing up for darshan. [TNM]