Pragmatic Spirituality

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Pragmatic Spirituality

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nov 14, 2013, 8:46 pm

It seems to me that this is a good label for a trend that seems to be gaining strength in the US. Perhaps different from "spiritual but not religious" Pragmatic spirituality borrows from various traditions but has an actual goal in desiring spiritual realization outside of any particular religion and an understanding and appreciation of the traditions it draws from that might not be present in "spiritual but not religious" or "cafeteria" spirituality. For me this is a blending of Buddhism, nondual teachings, and yoga. For others it might be Christianity and Buddhism.

Redigeret: nov 18, 2013, 7:09 am

"Spiritual but not religious" is, at first glance, an oxymoron.
But it depends on one's definition of those two adjectives.
Susan Sontag wrote that, in religion the only thing that it's
impossible to be is -- a "Religionist" (!) (because you have
to belong to some definite, named "religion"). By her definition
of relligion, then, even "religious" people aren't religionists;
and of course UNreligious people aren't: so, nobody is.
I suppose that this is an awkward way of contrasting
a "spiritual" person, with a "religious" person.
I don't agree but I see where she's coming from. And
assuming for the sake of argument that she's right, I
would say that I'm a religionist --or would be if it
were possible.

dec 3, 2013, 4:00 pm

I think the trend is present in the UK too.

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