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

  • From: Andy <mimi.erva@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 22:11:38 -0700 (PDT)

I hadn't noticed that line.&nbsp; Spirituality is (to me) a connectedness, in 
this case to the living things in the world and being part of a universe so 
vast that I can't even get my mind around it.&nbsp; Sorry if that sounds 
schmaltzy.&nbsp; &nbsp;Religion (to me) is a set of concepts and commands and 
orders.&nbsp; Religion might have spirituality in it.

--- On Sat, 5/24/08, John McCreery &lt;john.mccreery@xxxxxxxxx&gt; wrote:

From: John McCreery &lt;john.mccreery@xxxxxxxxx&gt;
Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: The continuation of Realpolitik -- a rant
To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Saturday, May 24, 2008, 4:59 AM

On Sat, May 24, 2008 at 12:59 PM, David Wright &lt;wright@xxxxxxxx&gt; wrote:

P.S. Religion = Spirituality = My Way or the Highway.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; It is much more comfortable that 

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.&nbsp;


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


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