Top 25 Reasons Why Integral Shouldn’t Be a Religion

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Joe Perez, author of Rising Up: Reflections on Gay Culture, Politics, and Spirit has posted a list of 25 reasons why Integral Theory should not become (or inform) religious organizations. We find the post pretty interesting, as you can imagine.

Here’s are the top 10:

  1. I already have a religion and I would have to change my core beliefs.
  2. I already have a religion and it is inconceivable to me that anyone can be a member of two religions at once.
  3. I’ve been hurt too badly by religions in my past.
  4. I don’t want anyone telling me what to do or think, and that’s what religion is.
  5. I don’t need a religion, my spirituality is entirely personal and individual and I like it that way.
  6. If people knew I was in a religion outside of the mainstream, I might be discriminated against.
  7. I want to keep my spiritual life “in the closet” because my spouse, parents, relatives, or friends won’t approve.
  8. If “integral” became a religion, it would lose something that makes it distinctive.
  9. If “integral” became a religion, it would change and then I’d lose something I cherish.
  10. If “integral” became a religion, it would become cultish.

Read the complete list here.

About Joran Slane Oppelt

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