Giles Fraser on spirituality and social action

I hugely enjoyed debating with Giles Fraser on whether you can be spiritual without being religious. The discussion is online here.

Roughly, I was advocating that spirituality comes before social action – it’s a fruit, not a root – lest the Christian concern for justice become anxious, guilt-driven and deadening. Giles can’t stand the word spirituality, though it seems plain to me that much of his appeal stems precisely from his spiritual vitality…

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