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I'm wondering if you haven't adequately investigated the differences between spirituality and religions. Practice differences in particular. Not all spiritual people are religious, and strangely, not all religious people are spiritual. I am spiritual, but I follow no religion. I am just not a follower. I don't follow sports teams, I don't follow/belong to a particular political party, and I don't follow/belong to a religion. But I am spiritual - I do have beliefs in a greater entity. But I have to investigate these things for myself, I am largely incapable of following dogma - in any form.
I believe that the survey reflects that many religious peoples follow dogma without understanding it, without inner enlightenment, without spirituality. They are fans of their religion, without embracing it.
But the conversations I have been reading and listening to in this subject haven't done any more than just touch on this basic, practical, difference between religions (as ritualized socialized spiritual dogma) and spirituality (inner belief in a greater entity and/or afterlife and an internal understanding of same).
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