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Most of them value curiosity, intellectual freedom, and an experimental approach to religion.
Many go as far to view organized religion as the major enemy of authentic spirituality, claiming that spirituality is private reflection and private experience—not public ritual. Kenneson, to be "religious" conveys an institutional connotation, usually associated with Abrahamic traditions: to attend worship services, to say Mass, to light Hanukkah candles.
Abrahamic religions have been viewed as negative institutions because they propagate a certain way of believing.
Abrahamic traditions emphasize that one’s best bet is to look outside to a higher power that can guide and correct one's corporeal misjudgements.
"Spiritual but not religious" (SBNR) also known as " Spiritual but not affiliated " (SBNA) is a popular phrase and initialism used to self-identify a life stance of spirituality that takes issue with organized religion as the sole or most valuable means of furthering spiritual growth.
Spirituality places an emphasis upon the well-being of the "mind-body-spirit", In contemporary usage, many people do connect "spiritual" and "religious" and in general, 'spiritual' refers to the interior life of faith and 'religion' refers to organizational or communal dimensions.
According to the authors of the studies included in the edited volume Social Identities Between the Secular and the Sacred, some of those who are critical of religion see it as rigid and pushy, leading them to use terms such as atheist, agnostic to describe themselves.
Many of those studied who identify as SBNR feel a tension between their personal spirituality and membership in a conventional religious organization.
As a result, in cultures that are deeply suspicious of institutional structures and that place a high value on individual freedom and autonomy, spirituality has come to have largely positive connotations, while religion has been viewed more negatively.
When Mercadante has spoken with SBNRs, they take a decidedly anti-dogmatic stance against religious belief in general.
They claim not only that belief is non-essential, but that it is potentially harmful or at least a hindrance to spirituality.
SBNRs are made up of heterogeneous and differing typologies.
While no individual fits exhaustively into or remains permanently in one type, Linda A.