We often hear, “I’m not religious, but I’m spiritual.” We also hear about the “spirituality” of various religions. But what’s the difference? And what do people mean by “spirituality”?
Psychology Today takes up this question in an article by Saul Levine, former psychiatry professor (UC-San Diego), entitledAre You Religious or Spiritual? Both or Neither?
He says that religious “refers to a belief in the existence of a Supreme Being, an omniscient and omnipotent God who somehow introduced humans to this planet.” Being spiritual, though, refers to a psychological or experiential state: