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Spirituality — What's Religion Got to Do With it?
Start Date: 2/28/2017Start Time: 5:00 PM
End Date: 2/28/2017End Time: 6:30 PM

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Marilyn Piety, PhD, Drexel University


Many people today describe themselves as "spiritual but not religious." That's understandable given the bad name organized religion has come to have in the eyes of many as a result of its having so often betrayed its most fundamental humanistic and ethical principles. Still, this divorce of spirituality from religion seems strange when one reflects on the fact that "spiritual" comes from the Latin "spiritus," literally "breath" of God, and that to be "spiritual" originally meant to be "imbued with the Holy Spirit." How has spirituality come to be considered not merely distinct from, but occasionally even opposed to religion? This talk examines the relation between spirituality and religion and looks, in particular, at the issue of whether religion has anything positive to contribute to spirituality.

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Name: Marilyn Foley Piety
Email: mp34@drexel.edu
Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, Room 103, 3245 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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