Zusammenfassung / Summary
Following the scathing criticism of the so-called “new atheism”, more recent concepts tend to secularize religious elements and rituals. In this process, spirituality turns out to be one of the core issues. The concepts mentioned aim at finding an atheistic or even non-religious form of spirituality. Referring to Ronald Dworkin’s Religion without God and Thomas Metzinger’s Spirituality and intellectual honesty, my paper deals with two of the leading figures in the current debate. While Dworkin argues for an atheistic solution and tries to separate God from religion, Metzinger claims that spirituality and religion are mutually exclusive alternatives. Therefore he advocates a non-religious argument. My paper aims at exploring whether the world is really moving toward a new, secular form of spirituality (as Dworkin and Metzinger suggest) and whether religion and spirituality really are incompatible.