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. -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en.