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Spiritual But Not Religious

Spiritual But Not Religious

Does this title sound familiar? It should. In this day and age, it’s:

  • The overwhelming response from many millennials when asked about their religious views
  • A popular, seemingly neutral choice when completing your profile on Facebook
  • My answer when people ask me what religion I practice

Usually, I’m adamantly against an answer like this because it lacks any sort of thought or conviction. In my case, it’s a truthful answer that currently reflects how I feel day-to-day.

Like countless other millennials, I was raised Christian (Presbyterian to be exact). This included going to church and Sunday school every week as well as major holidays like Easter and Christmas.

Eventually, I experienced something that rocks the religious assumptions of young adults all across the United States: college.

During this pivotal time, you meet others who come from different upbringings, disagree with your beliefs, and eagerly call you on your B.S.

Throughout my college career, my thoughts about marriage, children, religion, and other major topics were fundamentally challenged.

After talking with others, I realized that I did (and do) believe in the power of prayer. I just didn’t have a solid answer for who exactly I was praying to.

Because of my upbringing, I tend to use the name God, but it serves as a placeholder rather than the name of an eternal being who created and preserves all things. I know this sounds funny because I’m essentially borrowing the figurehead of a religion, but I thought that was OK.

After all, isn’t that the point? Even though there are certain “rules” about what you are and aren’t allowed to do, I assume God isn’t a vain…entity. I personally doubt God cares if someone fills out “Christian” under the religious views section in their Facebook profile. I think as long as they treat others the way they would want to be treated, God will accept their “lack of commitment” to the Christian faith.

But what do I know? I’m spiritual but not religious.

This post reflects the views of the author, and is intended to start a conversation. Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

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William is a freelance designer, writer, and founder of Collide, a company that is creating a better, deeper way to connect with others over shared ideas and skills. He is passionate about turning ideas into action and helping others do the same. When not working, William leads a double life as a beatboxer in One Too Many, St. Louis' premiere all-male a cappella group.

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