The "I'm spiritual but not religious" community is growing, according to a blog post by CNN writer John Blake. It is growing so much, the blogger writes, one pastor has compared it to a "movement." In a 2009 survey by the research firm LifeWay Christian Resources, 72% of people 18 to 29 consider themselves "more spiritual than religious." Some say the phrase hints at egotism: "If it's just you and God in your room, and a religious community makes no demands on you, why help the poor?" asks one Jesuit priest. What do you think? What exactly does being "spiritual but not religious" mean, and could there be hidden dangers in living such a life?
It's hard to strictly define this religious movement, but calling it a "buffet" of pop psychology, philosophy and various world religions would be a good start. Put what you want on your plate, leave what you don't. Essentially it's just another man-made religion whose only creeds are believe whatever you want and avoid accountability to others.