Nine Years Ago in TIME

Well before the scandals over Catholic priests accused of pedophilia, Americans were beginning to cast a skeptical eye on mainstream religion. In a 1993 cover story, TIME noted that people were turning away from the traditional CHURCH in search of more personalized spiritual havens.

There was a time in America when a spiritual journey meant a long, stormy crossing of the soul, an exploration mapped by Scripture and led by clergy through the family church. Catholic you were born and Catholic you died, or Methodist, or Jew... Today, a quiet revolution is taking place that is changing not only the religious...

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