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April 22, 2006

"I'm Not Religious, Just Spiritual"

Oh yeah? Here is the always bracing Salman Rushdie (via Amused Muse via Pharyngula) when asked, a few nights ago, about "spiritual practice" in his writing:

"I have no spiritual practice. The word spirituality should be banned from the English language for at least 50 years... Talk about a word that has lost its meaning! You can't walk your dog without doing it in a 'spiritual 'manner, you can't cook without talking about spirituality!"

Posted by Mitchell Stephens at April 22, 2006 1:19 PM


Here, here! People have just replaced their old superstitions with new ones. Watch a sporting event and tell me we are becoming less religious.
Every score or even a single requires thanking God. God must be some sports fan!

Just because people do not follow old theologies or even go to church does not mean they don't believe in spirits and angels and ghosts, oh my!

It's in our DNA to believe in unseen forces controlling our lives.

Posted by: Jay Saul at April 22, 2006 6:02 PM

"The word spirituality should be banned from the English language for at least 50 years..."
That is why poets (amd novelists) should remain unacknowledged legislators of the world, despite their possessing the happiest minds. You start by banning words, you will end up issuing fatwas.

Posted by: Dabodius at April 23, 2006 3:46 AM

I am sure Salman did not mean banned by law but by practice. I would add the word closure to the banned list.

Posted by: Jay Saul at April 24, 2006 3:34 PM

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