“Spiritual values” is a vague term that no one defines, yet everyone seems pleased with themselves for using it, as though common ground for uniting science and religion has been found and something meaningful has been communicated. In fact, neither is true. “Spiritual values” is another form of “the Emperor’s new clothes.” No one knows what the term means. Yet it has become an integral part of suggested solutions to the world’s problems. To put it bluntly, “spiritual values” is the new shibboleth of the environmental and peace movements.
Even some evangelical leaders seem pleased with all the talk about “spiritual values.” They react as though it indicates that those who use the term are somehow kindred spirits, when in fact they could be atheists and/or occultists totally opposed to Christianity—and generally are.