Is there a “yes, but…” to the idea of being spiritual without being religious?

Author Anne Rice has explained on CNN her decision to ‘quit Christianity’ because she “can no longer accept her religion’s teachings” on homosexuality, feminism, politics and birth control.

In his compassionate response in‘s “On Faith” column, the worldwide Manager of Christian Science Committees on Publication, Phil Davis addresses the underlying question: Can you be spiritual without being religious?

Selected quote:

“Let’s face it. The path of religion throughout history is strewn with the evils of war, racism, injustice and even atrocities. There are those who feel that contemporary churches and religions that try to control behavior by policy and dogma cause more damage than good. From this perspective, there are many reasons to leave religion and focus on one’s own spiritual journey.


Strong words.  So why the “but”?  Click here for the “because“!

P.S. A Roman Catholic Deacon Greg Kandra has also quoted from this “On Faith” blog of Phil’s on his Quote of the Day blog on beliefnet


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Author:Tony Lobl

I write and speak on spirituality from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I am also an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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