My friend David Mills, erstwhile editor of Touchstone and now assistant editor of First Things, has posted a really interesting article on the phrase that one often hears (especially, as one commenter notes, from women into Reiki and macrobiotic diets), "I'm not religious, but I'm spiritual." Check it out. It reminds me of a conversation I had with an atheist friend last summer. I mentioned the virtue of reverence, and how it was demanded by our encounters with both the natural world and one another. He apparently liked that a great deal, and has been thinking about it ever since. But as for me, I am trying to figure out how to say to him, "Reverence without an objective quality of being worthy of reverence makes no sense, and reverence without One to revere quickly collapses into a nice feeling, utterly unable to withstand the tidal wave of utilitarianism."