I'm arguing that religious education has no monopoly on spirituality.
In particular, I'm suggesting that kids - like Nikos - who avoid Christian Religious Education need not be starved of reverence. A sample:
Secular worldviews are diverse and subtle, and cannot be easily hung on a single philosophical hook. But it’s clear that humanistic, scientific or ecological philosophies can have their own spiritual messages. They might not be overtly about divinities, but they have that profound, powerful mark common to all religions: reverence.
Reverence is not easy to explain, partly because it’s as much a feeling as an idea; as much a quality of perception as a belief. Nonetheless, it can be given a broad brush-stroke portrait: reverence is gratitude for existence. Not simply for one’s own life, though this is part of it. Rather, reverence is thanks for the fact of anything at all. It combines astonishment, awe, humility and curiosity, but it’s chiefly an intelligent appreciation of that strange and wonderful thing: creation.(Photo: ExplicitImplicity)