Thirty-four million Americans have given up on organized religion, according to the most recent American Religious Identification Survey. Yet for many of these dropouts, spirituality is still a vital part of their lives.
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The role of the neutral observer is a goner. The death sentence for this concept has been obvious since the advent of quantum mechanics in the early twentieth century.
When people begin to understand religious language, art, and symbols as metaphor, and God as an experience, we can begin to put much of the nonsense that fobs itself as religion behind us.
Maybe it's time to walk outside and start asking. Maybe the best way to learn more about spirituality is to find out what it means to individuals.
It's time to take Jesus back for the people, and press on with a useful, loving, practical message that can heal us as individuals and the world.
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