Jack Preston King I understand your concern. I’m actually being consistent in the phase change that we are going through. What you are describing as religion is, I think, spirituality or spiritual awareness. The problem of historical baggage is too much for the word ‘religion’. That word has no real meaning without the horrors that have been perpetrated in its name. Many people feel very strongly about this but are reluctant to say it because of their compassion for the good people who are still trying to save religion. The shift to spirituality is already happening and will naturally replace religion as it already has for many people. I expect to see much of what is called Christianity in the US now to become content for museums as it has in much of western Europe. My own preference is for the Japanese approach that maintains spiritual and religious traditions with a place for each. Although this is passing there also, it is still true that births (and New Year) are Shinto events, weddings are Christian, and deaths are Buddhist for most of the population. I’ve lived with that mix most of my life and find it comfortable and surprisingly appropriate to the strengths of each tradition.