Best answer is from Echkart in the book A new Earth:
Many people are already aware of the difference between spirituality and religion. They realize that having a belief system a set of
thoughts that you regard as the absolute truth – does not make you spiritual no matter what the nature of those beliefs is. In fact, the more you make your thoughts (beliefs) into your identity, the more cut off you are from the spiritual dimension within yourself. Many “religious” people are stuck at
that level. They equate truth with thought, and as they are completely identified with thought (their mind), they claim to be in sole possession of
the truth in a n unconscious attempt to protect their identity. They don’t realize the limitations of thought. Unless you believe (think) exactly as they
do, you are wrong in their eyes, and in the not too distant past, they would have felt justified in killing you for that. And some still do, even now.
The new spirituality, the transformation of consciousness, is arising to a large extent outside of the structures of the existing institutionalized
religions. There were always pockets of spirituality even in mind dominated religions, although the institutionalized hierarchies felt threatened by them and often tried to suppress them. A large scale opening of spirituality outside of the religious structures is an entirely new development. In the
past, this would have been inconceivable, especially in the West, the most mind dominated of all cultures, where the Christian church had a virtual
franchise on spirituality. You couldn’t just stand up and give a spiritual talk or publish a spiritual book unless you were sanctioned by the church, and if
you were not, they would quickly silence you. But now, even within certain churches and religions, there are signs of change. It is heartwarming, and one is grateful for even the slightest signs of openness, such as Pope John Paul II visiting a mosque as well as a synagogue.
Show him, from your own experience, how the peculiar mental condition surrounding that first drink prevents normal functioning of the will power (Alcoholics Anonymous, Page 92)