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Spiritual But Not Religious: Healthy Trend or Crisis of Faith?

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1M2325
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Is it possible to be spiritual but not religious at the same time? Self-identification as “SBNR” is a growing trend, even a movement, in the United States and abroad that promotes the de-institutionalization of religion and a kind of spiritual individuation.

But what meanings do the words "spiritual" and "religious" carry? Is this a healthy trend or a crisis of faith?

Comparative religion scholar Graham Schweig examines the nature of the SBNR movement, compares the advantages and disadvantages of the spiritual and the religious positions, and analyzes this phenomenon psychologically and theologically by drawing from ancient Eastern and Western wisdom traditions. 

Schweig is a professor of religion and director of religion studies at Christopher Newport University and distinguished teaching and research faculty at the Graduate Theological Union.

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