Spiritual but Not Religious: The Search for Meaning in a Material World by John BartunekA Guide for Exploring the Horizons of Your Heart
More people than ever find themselves unfulfilled by merely material abundance and prosperity. More people than ever find their hearts yearning for some kind of satisfaction beyond swiping right or going viral. This is because the human soul was made for more than video games, social media, SMS messages, and flashy distractions.
This book, written with the warmth, sincerity, and clarity characteristic of Father Bartunek’s many popular books, opens the door to a rediscovery of the spiritual landscape present in every human heart.
Maybe you are spiritually restless yourself. Maybe you know others who are, and you want to connect with them better. In either case, this book is for you. It will take you where few dare to go through a fearless exploration of questions like these:
Why does “spirituality” attract us, and what does that word really mean?
What is the real difference between “spirituality” and “religion”?
Aren’t all religions basically the same?
How is it possible to be “religious but not spiritual”?
What are the implications of choosing to be “spiritual but not religious”?
Does truth enrich or impoverish our spiritual life?
Father Bartunek takes you on a tour of your own soul through his reflections on these themes and more, weaving together philosophy, natural theology, personal experiences, and analyses of selected works of art to make this a truly one-of-a-kind book.
You won’t read this book and move on. You will read this book and grow, and then you will want to dip back into it again and again, to keep on growing. It’s a book for a lifetime.
The horizons of the heart are vast, and often treacherous – which is one reason why so many people today hesitate to explore them. Father Bartunek is a wise guide who leads you deeper into your own self as he shows you how to continue your unique search for lasting meaning in an overly materialized world.
Are You 'Spiritual' but Not Religious?
Spiritual or religious? We need to be both. I mean we need it. Mighty tempting, indeed. Especially when we ourselves are also guilty of many of those inconsistencies.
Defining religion might be the best way to start this part. Religion "is a collection of cultural systems, belief systems, and worldviews that establishes symbols which relate humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values. There are 19 major religious groupings in the world, and from them a total of 10, distinct religions, although only about of those have half a million or more followers. In the United States alone, over 2, different religious faith entities can be observed. That's a lot of different ways of formulating cultural and belief systems.
On Being Spiritual but not Religious
It's a trendy phrase people often use to describe their belief that they don't need organized religion to live a life of faith. Religious debates erupt over everything from doctrine to fashion. Martin has jumped into a running debate over the "I'm spiritual but not religious" phrase. The "I'm spiritual but not religious" community is growing so much that one pastor compared it to a movement. In a survey by the research firm LifeWay Christian Resources, 72 percent of millennials to year-olds said they're "more spiritual than religious. But what exactly does being "spiritual but not religious" mean, and could there be hidden dangers in living such a life?