In surveys asking people to specify their religious identity, an increasing number of people identify themselves as "None," yet they also often indicate that they view themselves as highly spiritual. why a lot of people view themselves this way?
The term has been called cliché by popular religious writers such as Robert Wright but is gaining in
popularity. The SBNR lifestyle is most studied in the population of the United
Spiritual but not religious"
(SBNR) is a popular phrase and
initialsused to self-identify a life stance
that rejects traditional organized religion as the sole or most valuable
means of furthering spiritual growth. The term is used world-wide, but is most
prominent in the United States where one study reports that as many as 33% of
people identify as spiritual but not religious. Other surveys report lower
percentages ranging from 24%to 10%
SBNR is commonly used to describe the demographic also known as unchurched,
none of the above, more spiritual than religious, spiritually eclectic,
unaffiliated, freethinkers, or spiritual seekers. In 2013, Rabbi
Rami Shapiro introduced the phrase "Spiritually Independent" as a new
term to replace "SBNR" with a more positive statement which looks to
the "politically independent" as a role model. Younger people are
more likely to identify as SBNR than older people. In April 2010, the front
page of USA Today
claimed that 72% percent of Generation Y agrees they are "more
spiritual than religious".
Those who identify as SBNR vary in their individual spiritual philosophies and practices and theological
references, referencing some higher power
or transcendent nature of reality, without
belonging to a religious affiliation. In the USA most SBNR people without a
religious affiliation believe in God.
Dec 10th, 2014
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