Students are turning to spirituality instead of religion

Self-identifying as “spiritual” rather than religious is a trend that’s on the rise among college students according to a recent study. Identifying as spiritual is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as being concerned with the human soul as opposed to material items. Spiritual followers practice meditation, astrology and or prayer. Sophia Pandya, department chair of religious studies at Long Beach State, said there is an “enrollment problem” in the religious studies department. She attributed this to multiple factors, including the idea that people tend to think religion is a “taboo subject,” and added that many people assume religion should be “private.” She said that 30 percent of young adults now identify as spiritual, a term many don’t associate with religion at all. Pew Research Center found about a quarter of U.S. adults refer to themselves as “spiritual but not religious,” a self-perception that has risen by 8 percent in the past five years. The center also found that of the American adults who identify as “spiritual but not religious,” 37 percent are “religiously unaffiliated,” meaning they identify as atheist or agnostic. Pew also found that 35 percent of Americans who call themselves “spiritual but not religious” do identify with a

By | 2019-04-08T11:58:47-07:00 Feb 17, 2019 | 6:40 pm|Categories: Campus, Features, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , |

‘Good News’ gone bad

Every semester when campus life reaches the height of chaos, students are greeted by the comforting sound of a lunatic screaming, “You are all going to burn in Hell!” into a bullhorn. This call to repentance comes via traveling street preachers. They arrive on campus a couple times a year with provocative signs, claiming to be spreading the gospel. In actuality, they are spreading nothing but hate and inciting violence. It’s a pretty simple equation actually. Arrive on campus, verbally attack specific students, hope someone assaults you, sue, and repeat. I’d hoped when I first arrived at Cal State Long Beach that this wasn’t always the way these unwelcome visitors went about spreading the “Good News.” I was optimistic that one day I would see them praying with someone quietly or sitting down to open up the Bible they wave at the crowds. But I’ve yet to see anything but screaming, constant berating of students, and a mockery made of a faith that, unlike Brother Jed and his wife Sister Cindy, I take seriously. At the beginning of the month, I sat in the audience at an academic senate meeting and listened to President Jane Close Conoley address what she

By | 2018-04-01T18:47:13-07:00 Apr 1, 2018 | 6:47 pm|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Holier than Thou?

Dear Religious Leaders who Shout at Students;   You’re the reason no one wants to be religious. This is coming from a girl who has had the rosary memorized since she was five. You come here with your picket signs and your hateful speech, for what? You march your way across the Cal State Long Beach campus, parking yourselves in the most trafficked area, knowing you’re going to ruin someone’s day with your hate speech. You think that yelling and screaming at people that they’re going to hell, basically for being humans, will make them want to confess their sins, drop their bags and accept Jesus into their lives? Wrong. I’m going to lay it all out on the table. I’m a Christian—well, technically. A believer would be a better use of the word since I have found that organized religion is not my cup of tea. I was baptized and raised Catholic and could recite half the Bible by age 10. Like any typical Catholic school girl, I kneeled when I prayed, did the sign of the cross anytime I walked into a holy place and made sure my school uniform was an appropriate length so it didn’t attract

By | 2018-03-18T17:53:05-07:00 Mar 18, 2018 | 5:51 pm|Categories: Opinions|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Religious groups on campus concerned for Cal State Long Beach students’ souls

I have a secret, one I’ve been struggling to keep due to fear of backlash, but feel must be said regardless of how it is received. I absolutely despise being approached by religious recruiters on campus while I’m scurrying between classes or sunbathing on a warm bench. Let me be clear that I do not dislike the general presence of religious organizations on campus. Everyone has the right to their beliefs and this is something I’m glad the school is accepting of. The topic of religion is not the problem, as every individual is unique in their religious and spiritual practices. Rather, it’s the abrasive approach taken by these organizations trying to recruit on campus that really aggravates me and detracts from their cause. Personally, if I were a stranger viewing myself from an outside perspective, I would not associate my appearance with “God.” Erect nipples are my favorite day-to-day accessory and I’ve worked too hard to be comfortable with my body to cover it up because of some mythological man’s rules. But these tactics seem to have the opposite effect for these recruiters. It seems as though my omnipresent nipples as well as the immorality of my Daisy Dukes

By | 2018-02-25T18:20:52-07:00 Feb 25, 2018 | 5:51 pm|Categories: Opinions|Tags: , , , , , , |