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Spiritual, but not Religious

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  • More than a third of younger people might respond to a question about religion with this answer.
    But what does it mean? What is spirituality? Is there "religion" without a Supreme Being?

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  • Howard G.

    Religion vs. Spirituality.-

    Most religions, for example, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, are based on the belief in a Supreme Being and the dogmas and formal rules that sometimes seem to be set up by the leaders of those religions to benefit its members often at the expense of those who do not share their particular belief system. Other religions, like Taoism and Buddhism, are less structured and not as dependent on dogmatic rules and leaders, and their goal seems to be to encourage its members to lead lives that will benefit all of mankind and to seek inner guidance to achieve those goals. In fact it might be more appropriate to call that kind of belief system a philosophy rather than a religion.

    It seems to me that if you live your life in such a way that you believe will best benefit your fellow man then your existence is a spiritual one, whether or not you subscribe to any organized religion or philosophy.

    November 27

    • Howard G.

      Ryan, I agree with your comment that "morals is what makes us human and i don't think it necessarily needs to be indoctrinated by any authority but evolves in individuals and society". Furthermore, as I mentioned before, we also have to be ever diligent that the society (or societies) we are associated with haven't evolved into one whose sole purpose is to benefit it's members, often at the expense of non-members (e.g. The Nazi Party). If it does then, by my definition of moral, it is not a "moral society".


    • Ryan

      Totally agree.

      1h ago

  • Ryan

    from a classical philosophical point of view, religion is based on mysticism- the world our limited senses do not allow us to communicate with directly, but we know is there, the after life, what we cannot control or verify. Hence, religious authorities who solely claim direct contact . Spirituality is based in this world- the world we can perceive directly, the world we can use logic to come to verifiable conclusions, nature, reality, beauty, self- realization.

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