Let's hear about religious and spiritual (maybe philosophical?) beliefs not considered "mainstream" in the modern West. The percentage of people who identify as "spiritual", "other", or "none" is...
Let's hear about religious and spiritual (maybe philosophical?) beliefs not considered "mainstream" in the modern West.
The percentage of people who identify as "spiritual", "other", or "none" is rising at the expense of larger "organized" religions.
Disclaimer: it's hard if not impossible to draw hard lines around what is considered a "religion" verses a philosophy, culture, or mere ritual or traditional practice. If you aren't sure if what you believe fits the prompt, err on the side of sharing.
Things that probably fit the prompt:
- Minority religions
- Native beliefs/cultures
- Highly syncretic beliefs
- Non-western religions or beliefs
- "Pagan" beliefs
- Esoteric or occult beliefs or practices
Things that might not fit the prompt
- Mainstream Christian beliefs or traditions
- Naturalism or a lack of belief in any particular religious or spiritual tradition
I don't exclude these two categories because they aren't important, but because they are incredibly important, and most of what we think about religious or spiritual beliefs exist in frameworks created by the above two groups. I want to use this opportunity to learn about others, and I feel that I already know a good bit more about atheism and mainstream Christian theism than most other perspectives.
This is a sensitive subject that is tied deeply to people's sense of meaning; please treat your fellow commentor's beliefs, cultures, and values with respect. Thank you in advance for your input and perspective.