DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SPIRITUALITY AND RELIGION
What is the difference is between spirituality and religion? Is there a need for a
community, such as a religion?
Spirituality is personal – it starts and ends with each person. Individuals become the judges of
their own lives. Spirituality involves the personal and subjective experience of one’s interior world.
Religion is communal – it starts when two or more people share the meaning of their
experiences. Thoughts, concepts, convictions, and practices are shared. Over time, wisdom and practices are
accumulated that can nourish the soul.
To be of value, both spirituality and religion are
Spirituality needs community. People have a need to make
their spirituality function in more than their own separate and independent selves. Without a community
(religion), people would embrace their own meanings and remain isolated from others. Furthermore, nothing would
be passed on from generation to generation.
A religious community, on the other hand, is where healthy
personal spirituality can be allowed to develop. Personal spiritualities interact with one another and wisdom is
Finally, a community needs to protect believers from false spirituality, even as spirituality needs to protect a
community from a wrong kind of religion. Without being checked by good religion, spirituality can become mere
private sentiment. On the other hand, without true spirituality, religion may provide no real nurturing of the
soul. A healthy spiritual balance needs both religion and
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