[lit-ideas] Re: The continuation of Realpolitik -- a rant

  • From: "John McCreery" <john.mccreery@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 24 May 2008 13:59:32 +0900

On Sat, May 24, 2008 at 12:59 PM, David Wright <wright@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

> P.S. Religion = Spirituality = My Way or the Highway.  That is to say, that
> 'spirituality' is simply a way of saying I reject all the stuff I disagree
> with, so that I can worship myself.  It is much more comfortable that way...
This is, empiricallly speaking, a severely parochial view of religion,
consistent with the Latin *religio* which implies a duty but found largely
in places excessively influenced by Southwest Asian monotheisms. In most of
the world, religion is polytheistic and, where a choice of gods has not
become a political issue, a good deal more tolerant.

John McCreery
The Word Works, Ltd., Yokohama, JAPAN
Tel. +81-45-314-9324

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