Re: virus: Re: Science and Religion

Wade T. Smith (
Wed, 25 Sep 1996 01:06:50 -0400

>I would much rather ditch the 'spirituality/religiosity' hack term, but I
>can't think of a single word that means the content I want.
>'Spirituality' alone is extremely passive, while religiosity is,
>by definition both conventionally and in my frame, POWERLESS. It is
>necessary to avoid the aversive traits of both words. Ideas?
> Kenneth Boyd

How's about 'obsequiousness'? (Tongue only partially in cheek....)

'Religiosity' is, of course, a non-preferred (dare I say corrupt...)
version of religiousness. (Besides being a bothersomely ugly word both to
see and to say....)

'Spirituality' is one of those catch-all words for anything one pretends to
think about all sorts of make-believes.

spir-i-tu-al-i-ty n.
1. The state, quality, manner, or fact of being spiritual.

spir-i-tu-al adj.
1. Of, relating to, consisting of, or having the nature of spirit; not
tangible or material.
2. Of, concerned with, or affecting the soul.
3. Of, from, or relating to God; deific.
4. Of or belonging to a church or religion; sacred.
5. Relating to or having the nature of spirits or a spirit; supernatural.

2. and 5. are perhaps the most used, especially in the muck and mire of newage.

It is loose, too loose, but that helps the 'spiritual'. When you ain't got
any facts, a few vaguenesses are apt....

What's the meme for keeping precision to a minimum?

Wade T. Smith | "There ain't nuthin' you | shouldn't do to a god."
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