I think that it is much too simplistic to say that we have more freedom in spiritual matters these days. For avid students of history and especially the spiritual history of mystics in the west - the views expressed are as far-ranging and as critical of religious thought as you'd find today. The freedom given modernity in expressing spiritual thought is a freedom that is given at the cost of sincerity - since spiritual matters have moved far away from the absolute center of importance in our human discourse we feel free to express it as we wish. Because it is viewed as quaint silliness.
I think there's truth in what you say, and truth in what I say. It's just that I'm an optimist and you're more of a pessimist.