Source: The Guardian
By Daniel José Camacho, who is a Contributing Opinion Writer at Guardian US. His writing has appeared in Christian Century, Religion Dispatches, Sojourners, Duke Magazine, and TIME, and his commentary has appeared in the New York Times.
Spirituality, in its purest form, is not an escape from the world but a richer engagement with it
Spirituality enables people to see more within the world and within others. It’s no surprise that this leads to a greater sense of fulfillment. A new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute has found that higher levels of spirituality are strongly correlated with higher life satisfaction.
As a person of faith, my experience with organized religion has ebbed and flowed throughout my life. Yet, I have always appreciated how spiritualities across a variety of traditions animate expansive visions and compassionate ethics. Even as the religious landscape in the United States rapidly changes, the importance of spirituality won’t necessarily go away. Now, there’s more evidence to flesh this out.
PRRI and Florida State University have jointly conducted a national survey that measures spirituality by self-reported experiences of being connected to something larger than oneself, and religiosity by frequency of religious attendance and the personal importance of religion. By making this distinction, they’re able shed more light on the phenomenon of “spiritual but not religious” Americans.
Writers like Kaya Oakes, author of The Nones Are Alright: A New Generation of Believers, Seekers, and Those in Between, have shared stories showing that those with a jaded relationship to institutional religion can’t be painted as a monolithic group. This survey confirms that the picture is more complex.