Spiritual? Religious? Nothing in Particular?
How Springtide thinks about describing the inner life
There’s a lot of jargon floating around when it comes to the inner lives of young people, especially as new expressions of spirituality and faith emerge. In the complexities of our data alone, we have to hold some of these tensions:
Spiritual but not religious?
Religious but not practicing?
Practicing but not believing?
Believing but not participating?
Atheist, agnostic, or nothing in particular?
We situate our work in the space of religious, human questions—the kind that everyone faces about who and how to be in the world. So what do we mean by religious?
Here’s a quick excerpt from our upcoming report, State of Religion & Young People 2021: Navigating Uncertainty. In it, we spend time defining this term, including our sociological interest in it:
Other organizations, institutes, scholars, or laypeople may define religiosity or spirituality differently. If you work in or study these fields—or even if you’re just interested in these kinds of conversations—how do you parse the language? Share your thoughts with us on social, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.