Spiritual But Not Religious – Defended

Kate Blanchard, a religious studies professor, pushes back on Lillian Daniel, whose post about spiritual but not religious became a meme a couple weeks back:

But most Sundays I don’t go to church because, frankly put, it bores me; I am tired and church fails to provide any compelling reason to get out of my pajamas. (Were I living in a large, cosmopolitan city where churches with high liturgy, weekly Eucharist, beautiful architecture, and trained musicians abounded, my story might be quite different.) Although I like the people at church very much and I wish to support them in their hours of need, I am still unwilling to prioritize membership. I have an emotionally demanding job that takes up all of my time and psychic energy during the academic year, and I would honestly rather get work done in my off hours than act as an usher or sit on a church governing body. (via Spiritual But Not Religious? Come Talk to Me | (A)theologies | Religion Dispatches.)

Blanchard makes a good point, I think.  She also points out in the article that Daniel is a UCC minister, a denomination that might fall into the “boring” category for a lot of people.  Blanchard’s post is a good read, and worthy of consideration.

Lillian Daniel Is Bored with Spiritual People

Lillian Daniel

My friend, Lillian Daniel, a UCC pastor and advocate for the downtrodden, has written a post that’s become a meme. It is snarkily titled, “Spiritual but Not Religious? Please Stop Boring Me.” Money Quote:

Being privately spiritual but not religious just doesn’t interest me. There is nothing challenging about having deep thoughts all by oneself. What is interesting is doing this work in community, where other people might call you on stuff, or heaven forbid, disagree with you. Where life with God gets rich and provocative is when you dig deeply into a tradition that you did not invent all for yourself. [READ THE REST]


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