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date: 23 February 2020

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This chapter pursues some questions about religiosity’s intersections with contemporary secularity. Traditional religiosity persists in economically advanced nations, such as the United States. The nones, those who have abandoned religious affiliations, continue to hold various kinds of religious belief. In addition, forms of contemporary religiosity often embrace most of secularism’s basic premises. Eight central attributes of secular spirituality can be identified: eclecticism, self-growth, relevance to life, self-direction, openness to wonder, authenticity beyond churches, metaphysical explanations, and communal and ecological morality. The persistence of both traditional and nontraditional forms of religiosity and spirituality should adjust the current popular views of secularism.

Keywords: religion, new age thought, secular spirituality, feminist spirituality, metaphysical spirituality, alternative medicine

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