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I have always found the term “spiritual but not religious” to be somewhat odd and even confusing.

Wikipedia has this to say. “Spiritual but not religious” (SBNR) 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.”

It somewhat sounds like Jesus. He was constantly railing on the religious leaders. I don’t think most people who say this “self-identify” with Jesus.

Below is from: More Americans now say they’re spiritual but not religious | Pew Research Center

  • “Some people may see the term “spiritual but not religious” as indecisive and devoid of substance. Others embrace it as an accurate way to describe themselves. What is beyond dispute, however, is that the label applies to a growing share of Americans.
  • “About a quarter of U.S. adults (27%) now say they think of themselves as spiritual but not religious, up 8 percentage points in five years, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted between April 25 and June 4 of this year. This growth has been broad-based: It has occurred among men and women; whites, blacks and Hispanics; people of many different ages and education levels; and among Republicans and Democrats. For instance, the share of whites who identify as spiritual but not religious has grown by 8 percentage points in the past five years.

Here are some illustrative charts of a recent survey from Pew.