Have the words “religion” and “religious” become pejorative?
My grandmother used to talk about people who were “religious” and mean it in a good way, implying that these people were being “good Christians”, doing God’s work, being very faithful, whatever.
But I see people nowadays who say they’re “spiritual but not religious”, describing being “religious” as just going through the superficial motions of religion.
And I see Christians saying that their religion is not, in fact, a religion, implying that religion is something superficial, dogmatic, pedantic, whatever.
So…are these words now outmoded? Has the word “religion” and being “religious” ceased to mean something good? And what word is next to go? What are religious/spiritual people going to describe themselves as when “spiritual” goes out of fashion?
Answer by Mezmarelda
I think you are right.
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