Saturday, August 07, 2010

The Author and the Actress: Spirituality and Religion

It's been an interesting week as far as matters of faith go. On the one hand, author Anne Rice made a public break with Christianity and on the other, Julia Roberts revealed that she and her family are practicing Hindus. The author appears to be rejecting religion, taking the increasingly popular "spiritual but not religious" route, while the actress appears to be embracing religion. But what exactly did Anne Rice reject and Julia Roberts embrace? What is religion anyway and is it different than spirituality? What does it really mean to be "spiritual but not religious"?

I have some thoughts of course, but before I share them I'd like to hear what you think. What is religion, what is spirituality and are they different or the same? Can a person be spiritual but not religious? Can a person be religious but not spiritual?