Because dogmatic religions are so vocal and present in todays hyper charged media climate, it’s hard to imagine that young people have went off and formed their own views on what spirituality means to them.
While the study does show that “people have a hard time separating spirituality from religion” it goes on to show that “the differences are important to understanding behavior and development.”
So the differences result in thoughts that are both enlightened and evolved. To have purpose, to have connections, to have an impetus for virtue are all common notions expressed by the panel of teen agers questioned.
It’s nice to know that through it all, simple sentiments of what it means to be spiritual and not religious is finding it’s way into todays youth culture.
(Thanks to Edward Craig for posting the Physorg.com link on Facebook)