In an essay for the Martin Marty Center, U. of C. doctoral candidate Aaron Curtis notes the similarity between a certain blog project and a recent trend in religion. Rupa Shenoy’s Reader story about “Lo,” the woman spending a year doing everything Oprah tells her to and blogging while she goes, prompted Curtis’s meditation on DIY spirituality — and on the hostility Lo has provoked from some of Oprah’s devotees.
Here we have a perfect articulation of a prevalent form of modern spirituality that some, especially in orthodox and evangelical circles, have labeled ‘flexodoxy’ — what theologian and scholar N.T. Wright describes as ‘free-for-all, do-it-yourself spirituality.’
With Lo’s experiment the culture of flexodoxy [asserts] its own orthodoxy. . . . Those aspects of Lo’s project that do resemble more traditional religious practices are precisely the ones that are most threatening to this particular “faith community.”