So! A great big series on Spiritual But Not Religious culture is in the works!
It’s been planned and researched and re-planned several times. I’ve had sample posts written on a page of MSWord that ended up with four pages of tiny notes surrounding them as ideas grew and changed.
The last series on the nature of SBNR was very exterior and sketchy. For this one we’ll get the inside story, look at much more of the nature of spiritual experience itself, and how it links to SBNR culturally. We’ll get ideas on the Ultimate itself — and the thorny question of whether and how it crosses cultures. We’ll lob in structures different from the standard New Agery to get some interesting thoughts on history going. We’ll gradually see the whole past/present/future laid out in a recontextualised way. And we’ll meet a lot of rather interesting people and their exploits and ideas.
We’ll also see a pattern that gets over a lot of the problems noticed in the earlier series, and demonstrates how spirituality can operate free of religious dogma. The pattern is there already but doesn’t seem to have been specifically noticed before. What’s more it is infinitely extensible, nothing closed — there will be a way for anyone to use it even if their SBNR thoughts and experiences are very different from mine. (In fact that’s the point.) My view may be a bit personal and even oddball, but the underlying pattern is very universal, something you can take away and hone when you want to consider your spiritual life in context.
And yes, of course, I’ll be looking at how SBNR can contribute to the future, with its challenges that are (as I mentioned in the first series) completely different from those SBNR has faced until now.
A problem I have right now is the size of this series. I think each post will be about 1,000 words — still quite short, about the length of the last post in the Rogers series. But should I put that much out once every four days? Should I go back to posting weekly? If I do the latter the series will basically last a year… Could people stand 1,000 words every four days? I don’t know! Let me know your thoughts! :)