Americans who are spiritual but not religious

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Americans who are spiritual but not religious

22% of Americans consider themselves spiritual but not religious.

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chorlton's picture
because saying atheist is

because saying atheist is attacked like it means immoral satanic cunt by the majority right wingevangelical trump nazis

Burn Your Bible's picture
I hate this spiritual shit!

I hate this spiritual shit!

Sheldon's picture
What does it even mean?

What does it even mean? Whenever I've heard people try to define it they espouse the most annoyingly vapid flimflam.

relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.

Well I've not seen any evidence demonstrated to support the existence of a soul, or anything supernatural, so perhaps someone from this 22% can explain why they believe either exist, and what evidence they can demonstrate to support the belief?

Nyarlathotep's picture
Sheldon - perhaps

Sheldon - perhaps someone from this 22% can explain...

While I'm not one of those 22%, I think H. Thompson summed it up well:

Hunter S. Thompson - What Leary took down with him was the central illusion of a whole life-style that he helped create... a generation of permanent cripples, failed seekers, who never understood the essential old-mystic fallacy of the Acid Culture: the desperate assumption that somebody... or at least some force - is tending the light at the end of the tunnel.

MCDennis's picture
Spiritual. I hate that word.

Spiritual. I hate that word. Spiritual

mykcob4's picture
I think people say that they

I think people say that they are spiritual because they are generally superstitious and generally accept the idea of a christian god but don't want to be categorized with any one group. They don't practice any form of religion but have a noncommittal belief in a god. "Spiritual" is a cop-out. People that classify themselves as "spiritual" believe in all sorts of superstitions like fate, karma, phrases like "what comes around, goes around."
I doubt that spiritualist actually ever gave much thought to if a god exists or not.

chimp3's picture
Is American irrationality

Is American irrationality unique ?

Pitar's picture
American irrationality? Good

American irrationality? Good fodder for speculation. Let's see, America is an assimilation of old world run-aways, con men, ex-patriots, speculators, and all manner of seekers arriving at a new frontier of opportunity. Some by force, some by happenstance, some by choice, all dropped in to drop out yet the nation that sprang from that surprised the whole world with its hard fought, well deserved union and preservation of all things moral and dignified for all free men.

Yep, totally irrational and very uninspiring.

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