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Season 2.0 Episode 1

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004: Science vs God– Are we all here by Chance?

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Speaking with the Devil

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Are you “spiritual but not religious?”

Check out Eric Hyde's Blog
Dec 5, 2012

This is a brilliant article on the common aphorism of “being spiritual and not religious” by Eric Hyde, you absolutely must read!

http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/personal/06/03/spiritual.but.not.religious/

http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/personal/06/03/spiritual.but.not.religious/

In my experience, I found that people who claim they are spiritual, but not religious, usually want to distance themselves from organized religions–sometimes for legitimate reasons but mostly for emotional reasons–not logical ones.  But the cost of being spiritual without a religious foundation, is religious relativism and subjectivism that ends up believing anything and everything without any rational basis.  It confuses emotional highs with spiritual substance.  It also tragically leads toward no moral accountability at all.

Here is a snippet of Eric Hyde’s article:

I have found the phrase, “I am spiritual, not religious,” and its redheaded stepchild, “I follow Jesus, not tradition,” to be manifestations of spiritual pride, not spiritual enlightenment. These phrases are almost always accompanied by a corresponding lifestyle where the rules are made up as you go and all things are ultimately justifiable in the light of “personal revelation.” It is a world of Christianity where there is no human authority, save oneself; where millions of individual “popes” abound, but the Church is nonexistent; it’s essentially a personal religious-potpourri not unlike New Age adherence, with slightly different language.

To claim to be spiritual and not religious is like claiming to have taken a swim without getting wet. Anyone who embarks on anything spiritual will either receive the religious tradition from which it comes, or create their own religious tradition in the attempt to understand and practice it. The next time you hear the phrase, or, God forbid, say the phrase, remember that it has no meaning whatsoever. It is perhaps one of the emptiest phrases ever developed in the English language.

What do you think? Is Eric right?