despiritualize

despiritualize

(diːˈspɪrɪtjʊəˌlaɪz) or

despiritualise

vb (tr)
to render less spiritual; to remove the spiritual character of; to make more material
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The discussions of communion as "eating God's flesh" or the images of innocent children "eating God's flesh" are disturbing because they despiritualize the process, removing its mystery, while reducing the theological ritual into a physical exchange.
Sometimes such negative speculation is merely an inadvertent questioning of God's status, such as the statement quoted in the OED under "incarnate" from Bishop Hall's Contemplations upon the New Testament, "That God should be incarnate of a virgin was an abasement of His maiestie." More interesting is the only entry pertaining to divine incarnation listed in the OED that details the meaning of "to degrade from spiritual nature, despiritualize," and this comes from Book 9 of Paradise Lost.
(3) This quest for transcendent certainty despiritualizes the world.