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What is the difference between spirituality and religion?

Philip Lisagor, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
Religion is a set of texts, practices and beliefs about the transcendent shared by a community, and involves a relationship with God. Spirituality on the other hand is about a person's relationship with the transcendent questions that confront one as a human being. This may or may not involve relationships with God.
Dr. Kathleen Hall
Preventive Medicine
There is a clear difference between spirituality and religion. The general public many times confuses the two terms; they are very different and have diverse implications. Spirituality is your connection with your soul and God, Creator, Source, Higher Power, Nature, or whatever name you call the Holy. Religion is "a personal or institutionalized system grounded in belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe."
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