Spiritual but not religious?

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As a millennial, I am among a generation largely claiming to be “spiritual but not religious.” There was a time when such a thing was unthinkable. In traditional societies, religious institutions framed our worldviews from birth until death, giving us clear moral dictates on what was right and wrong. The clear-cut moralistic maps of our place in the world made sense given our limited understanding of cultures outside our own. We did not depend on global trade and were able to close ourselves off from groups that threatened our sacred ideals.

With the explosion of global trade and communication technologies connecting the world into an interdependent web, we are increasingly confronted by individuals from a diverse array of cultural and religious backgrounds. Religious worldviews that have traditionally excluded anyone considered “different” are slowly adapting to this global society. The Catholic Church has admitted its faults regarding the treatment of Jews…

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