Leonard Sweet is a prominent, albeit controversial, Christian leader and thinker. Last night he posted this observation on Twitter:
No doubt there have been many ways to use the term “spirituality” and not use it in the religious sense. I am hearing a tone of consternation and concern that if the statement is true, Christianity loses something that has been held as unique by many in the faith community. Yet, having read Dr. Sweet’s writing I can certainly say that he is not naive enough to think that spirituality is solely a Christian construct, nor is it necessarily religious in its nature or its practice.
There are decidedly many qualifiers to that statement. Not only do we have to ask what he means by “most atheists” but also what the word “spiritual” means.
Here are some things to consider:
- Is this statement true? (I suppose you would either have to be or know an atheist to answer!)
- What does “spiritual” mean? Can a person use the term like “God” in other contexts to mean other things (i.e. in the spirit of Einstein)?
- Is spirituality fashionable?
- Is this statement basically offensive, whether you are athiest or Christian?