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