I will now address myself directly to everyone who noticed the religious language in my previous post, “The New Dharma Arrives Today”. Divine. Sacred. Logos. Tower of Babel.
Not to mention: Magic. Magick. Philosopher’s Stone.
I offended everyone with an agnostic or atheist ear before I even commenced to tell you all about the chief topic of the discourse, Lingua-U. Oh, the unbelievers might be too polite to say they were offended. They might simply be puzzled, confused, bored, or simply aware of a feeling like contempt or a self-superiority coming over themselves as their convictions about religion were seemingly reinforced.
I did this without even using the most ostensibly religious words: God. Gods. Goddess. Jesus Christ. Qur’an. Bible. Buddha. And so on. Irreligious persons noticed my use of religious language with a negative sentiment, while religious persons surely noticed my use of vague spiritual language with a similarly negative sentiment.
Even with carefully chosen language, it is difficult to gain credibility with a wide audience of believers and unbelievers these days. Fortunately, there is no need to appeal merely to one camp or the other. There is a place where the religious and irreligious can meet with common cause: awareness that religious and spiritual language is the source of great and seemingly interminable debate by believer and unbelievers alike.
The Meaning of Divinity