CNN has an article looking at various sides of the phenomenon. Critics label SBNR folks as selfish – the individual is the center of their own spiritual life. Religions become food courts – we should all choose based on what suits us, what fits with our individual personality and feels right on any particular day. Have a bad experience with Buddhism? Try the Taoism or the Native American spirituality – they’re very tasty!!!
Others say SBNR people are rightfully turned off by organized religion. Though there were of course exceptions to the rule, The Crusades, The Inquisition, The Holocaust, slavery in America, and terrorist attacks around the globe have all been carried out with support of many leaders of organized religions. So SBNR people (rightfully) want nothing to do with such power structures. Why do people need intermediaries between themselves and God anyway? Haven’t we all stood in awe and wonder at the beach, in the mountains, in the midst of Beauty? That’s God, and we don’t need any hierarchical authorities to explain that to us.
So what do you think?