Dear Dr. Boli: What is the difference between Religion and Spirituality? —Sincerely, Francis, Pont. Max., &c., &c.
Dear Sir: The distinction, in currently accepted usage, is mostly a matter of practical application. Religion is the belief that there are higher immaterial powers in the universe, and that therefore we must conform our behavior to a certain standard. Spirituality is the belief that there are higher immaterial powers in the universe, and they can be manipulated for personal gain.