Mercadante categorizes SBNRs into five distinct categories: (a) Dissenters, (b) Casuals, (c) Explorers, (d) Seekers, and (e) Immigrants.
Spirituality places an emphasis upon the well-being of the "mind-body-spirit", The phenomenon possibly started to emerge as a result of a new Romantic movement that began in the 1960s, whereas the relationship between the two has been remotely linked to William James' definition of religious experience, which he defines as the "feelings, acts and experiences of individual their solitude, so far as they apprehend themselves to stand in relation to whatever they may consider the divine." Owen Thomas also states that the ambiguity and lack of structure present in Romantic movements are also present within spiritual movements.
Abrahamic religions have been viewed as negative institutions because they propagate a certain way of believing.
Abrahamic traditions emphasize that one’s best bet is to look outside to a higher power that can guide and correct one's corporeal misjudgements.
In these traditions, God above is the source of wisdom and illumination.
Robert Wuthnow argues that spirituality is about much more than going to church and agreeing or disagreeing with church doctrines.
Significant differences were found between the percentage of those considered younger Millennials (born 1990–1994) as compared with Generation Xers (born 1965–1980), with 34% and 21% reporting to be religiously unaffiliated, respectively.
Demographically, research has found that the religiously unaffiliated population is younger, predominately male, and 35% are between the ages of 18 and 29.Of these religiously unaffiliated Americans, 37% classify themselves as spiritual but not religious, while 68% say they do believe in God, and 58% feel a deep connection to the Earth.Generational replacement has been understood as a significant factor of the growth of religiously unaffiliated individuals.Scholar Robert Wuthnow argues that spirituality is the shorthand term used in Western society to talk about a person's relationship with God.The concept of religion is a social construct, since in other eras, religion, culture, and even national identity were often inseparable.According to a study conducted by Pew Research Center in 2012, the number of Americans who do not identify with any religion has increased from 15% in 2007 to 20% in 2012, and this number continues to grow.