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Spirituality goes pop

Mass media reveals greater hunger for spiritual feelings than for a transcendent God

Jurisson emphasizes the difference between pop spirituality and what she calls evangelical spirituality. "The prevalence of pop spirituality in American culture suggests that people are searching for meaning and purpose," she says. "But the superficial spirituality of pop culture can provide neither spiritual nourishment nor real comfort and counsel at life's difficult moments.

"Evangelical spirituality is firmly grounded in God's word. It is not something earned or purchased, but it is the gift of the Spirit that has already been given to each of us.

"Pop spirituality is about coping mechanisms and little more. Evangelical spirituality is about hoping mechanisms, such as prayer, praise and Scripture reading that can help us discover the grace of God and the promise of new life that can only be found in Christ."


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