Reading Diana Butler Bass’ Christianity After Religion, I am confused why people are so interested in the question of ‘Spiritual’ vs. ‘Religious’. Anyone with at least half an open eye can see that God comes to meet people in myriad ways, each one beautiful even if obscured by partial blindness. Why mask the uniqueness and the miracle of each by classifying it into one or the other category? To be concerned with this debate is to squander the fruit of the spirit and put the human realm above or before God’s. To think of a coin as one-sided is foolish and dangerous. To think Christ-consciousness speaks in you and in no one else, save for those in your own little enclave, will result in extremism and oppression. We need transcendence as we need to be humbled. We need both sides of depth of experience.
2013, Amaya Engleking