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May. 19th, 2010 | 09:23 am

"I believe an important distinction can be made between religion and spirituality. Religion I take to be concerned with faith in the claims to salvation of one faith tradition or another. Spirituality I take to be concerned with qualities of the human spirit, love and compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, contentment, a sense of responsibility, a sense of harmony, that bring happiness both to self and others."

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from: calenorn
date: May. 19th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
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There can be much more to religion than a credal belief. It often provides the cultural expression of the spirituality that His Holiness describes. At its best it provides a language with which to express those qualities listed.

It's striking to me how close His Holiness' statement is to something the Apostle Paul wrote: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." (That's Galatians 5:22, if anyone is keeping score.)

Of course, at its worst religion can be warped into an extremely caustic evil. As with any powerful thing, it is to be used with great caution.

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