Dietrich Bonhoeffer reflected about religionless Christianity:
What is bothering me incessantly is the question of what Christianity really is, or indeed who Christ really is, for us today. The time when people could be told everything by means of words, whether theological or pious, is over, and so is the time of inward and conscience—and that means the time of religion in general. We are moving towards a completely religionless time; people as they are now cannot honestly describe themselves as religious any more… “Christianity” has always been a form—perhaps the true form of “religion.” But if one day it becomes clear that this a priori does not exist at all, but was a historically-conditioned and transient form of self-expression, and if therefore mankind becomes radically religionless—and I think that is already more or less the case (how else, for example, that this war, in contrast to all previous ones, is not calling forth any religious reaction?)—what does that mean for Christianity? (Letters and Papers from Prison).
Homo religiosus, it has been argued since Bonhoeffer, is dying or already dead – at least in the West. People like Diana Butler Bass with her book Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (I’m sorry, I have not read this so can make no comment on it) argue that there is a spiritual revival with the “end of church”. Interestingly, I’ve received a lot of “off-site” reaction to “Ashes on the go“, and it comes up again as part of the end of church reflection:
What do you think? Do you think homo religiosus, and religion, is dying? Does it matter? Will Christianity survive the death of religion? Spiritual but not religious? Or is religion transforming? Or staying the same…
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