The Role of Religion in a Secular World

Updated: Aug 23, 2021

How many times have you heard someone say; “I’m spiritual, but I’m not religious”.. ? I never quite understood what that means exactly. I often wonder if those that have formed that world-view had done so because of the stigma attached to traditional religions, or whether they’ve actually taken the time to ask the big existential questions and arrived at that conclusion themselves?

In saying that, there are other world-views; ‘Agnosticism’, which suggests that “I don’t really know, but I’m open to both the existence and non-existence of a deity and will go where ever the evidence leads me; or ‘Atheism’, which takes a naturalistic or humanistic world view and firm position on the non-existence of a God of any kind; 'atheism' having seen a recent resurgence with the emergence of the new atheists lead by Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris (among others) and to a lesser extend the likes of Richard Carrier, a very articulate, well read intellectual in his own right.