|Detail of frame Library of San Marco, Florence|
Previous courses also got me thinking about my own faith and its practice. I wrote last time that taking a hard academic look at what I simultaneously live and breathe feels a bit like autologous dissection.
At the end of an information session about the course, a student came up to me and asked me point blank if I was religious or spiritual. I admitted to being religious, and that I thought that the two were not mutually exclusive, so it was "and" rather than "or".
I know that "spiritual not religious" is a well-worn category, but "religious not spiritual" seems an oxymoron to me. Or at least it should be.