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MilitantNonStampCollector's Avatar Jump to comment 14 by MilitantNonStampCollector

> spir·i·tu·al (spr-ch-l) adj.

  1. Of, relating to, consisting of, or having the nature of spirit; not tangible or material. See Synonyms at immaterial.
  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

Going by this definition, I can understand Paula's gripe with the word: it is practically synonymous with religious. And it seems Sam Harris' use of the word in acknowledgement of atheistic spirituality is ropy at best. The word is embedded into religion, going hand in hand with it.

Thu, 18 Aug 2011 03:48:24 UTC | #862017