Recently I was involved in a project at the Royal Society of Arts called ‘Spiritualise’, which was about how we might re-engage with the sense of the spiritual in a highly material world. It was an interesting exercise because it seems we don’t have the right language at our disposal: ‘religion’ can be off-putting to people, especially if their memories are rather simple ones of old men with white beards and so on. But ‘spirituality’ is also dangerous, because it can sound just a bit too easy – something to do with beads, candles, bath scents, and so on.

As part of the project, young people ...


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