but to say something positive... I like your formulation of religion as
argument by authority.

Religion = argument by authority.

Now there are two forms of spirituality as barely distinguished from
religion: theoretical spirituality and existential spirituality.

Theoretical spirituality as indemonstrable cosmology/metaphysics/teleology
generally grounded in the argument by authority on the one hand, or by a
rationalist mode of procedure on the other.

There can be existential spirituality without the inferences, postulates,
and explanations of the theoretical assertions grounded in revelation or
argument by authority..... and perhaps argument by persuasiveness.... i.e.
the rhetoric of logos, pathos, and ethos....... this can be a subtle and
sublimated form of argument by authority.

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