The diminution of Spirituality

I was forwarded this great blog piece on children’s and young people’s spirituality.
Dave Csinos examines the way that creativity is educated out of young people losing innate gifting and appreciation that they already posses. He then explores the same principle and effect regarding spirituality:
” …. So, spirituality isn’t something that we achieve–it’s a gift from God that is woven into the very fabric of our innermost being. That is why we speak of spiritual formation and not spiritual creation. We can’t create a spiritual capacity in anyone. But we can help to form it. We can provide opportunities for children and youth to have spirit-to-Spirit connections with the One who gave them the gift of spirituality. Spirituality is something that can change, grow, and form. But it can also wither and fade away. To paraphrase Robinson’s words “We don’t grow into spirituality. We grow out of it. Or rather we get educated out of it.”
We can be educated out of our spiritual capacities. When we focus on memorization, doctrine, emotionalism, and just getting things done, we can actually eclipse our innate spiritual capacities. When we do nothing but teach our children about God, we can actually hinder them from having genuine experiences of God. Knowledge about God is certainly important; but when it becomes the sole purpose and focus of our ministries with young people, we might actually be educating them out of their spirituality. They leave Sunday school knowing all about the Bible, doctrine, proper practices, liturgy, and evangelism–but they can also leave without experiencing a life-forming encounter with the God who transcends our knowledge and reason. When we do nothing but teach about God, it becomes easy to forget that God is the unknown knower …. “

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for the full article see Daves blog, Such as these
This is a great summing up and analogy of modernistic approaches to spirituality that inadvertently swung to a “It’s not who you know, it’s what you know” reversal of what the expression AND spirituality is … and should be.
A youth worker I know has recently written a dissertation exploring a thesis that young people outside of the church have more spiritual experiences than those within. (I’m still trying to scrounge a copy)