This-essay is a7611213.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %SPIRITUALIZATION 761121 Spiritualization is the process by which clerics transform the gospel into a theory about a hypothetical world of spirit which is beyond verification and political relevance. Once the gospel is so transformed it will not inhibit the cleric's exercise of political power to allocate scarce resources to fulfill their self-centered program of human improvement. The words of the gospel take on meanings which are not related to daily life and experiences. The gospel ceases to be an existential description of the human condition, and is turned into a theory about realities which transcend human verification and relevance. Yet the theory is used to threaten people with punishment for non-conformity to clerics' expectations. The theory ostensibly pertains to ultimate reality which transcends human understanding; except for revelations granted only to a secret few who thereby are granted unusual political powers. In a very interesting way the clerics are in a position to certify who does, and who does not, receive genuine revelations. Those who would seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before their God, will do well to understand the political processes of clerics. There is no law which will prevent clerics from acting politically within their institutions. There is no way in which clerics can be exempted from the corrupting effect of power. Thus clerics should not be exempted from the discipline of checks and balances which promote justice, mercy, and humility. Just as the fox should not be appointed to guard the hen house, clerics should not be appointed to manage the system of checks and balances intended to inhibit cleric corruption. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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