So You Think You Are Religious, or Spiritual but Not Religious: So What?

In: Youth, Religion, and Identity in a Globalizing Context
Author: Reginald Bibby

The significant post-1960s growth in the proportion of Canadians young and old who indicate that they have “no religion” has underlined the increasing dichotomy between those who value religion and those who do not. This conscious polarization has been accompanied by the emergence of individuals who place importance on spirituality but not religion (sbnr). There is value in cataloguing the population according to such inclinations. However, in addition, it is important to explore some of the possible correlates of these identity inclinations – including values and behaviour – in order to understand some of the possible implications of religious and no religion choices for personal and collective life. In this paper, the author draws on Canadian census, gss, and recent survey data to identify prevalent religious and spiritual inclinations, and explore some individual and social correlates.

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