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spir·i·tu·al·ism

 (spĭr′ĭ-cho͞o-ə-lĭz′əm)
n.
1.
a. The belief that the dead communicate with the living, as through a medium.
b. The practices or doctrines of those holding such a belief.
2. A philosophy, doctrine, or religion emphasizing the spiritual aspect of being.

spir′i·tu·al·ist n.
spir′i·tu·al·is′tic adj.
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Adj.1.spiritualistic - of or relating to or connected with spiritualism
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"The next, `The theory of the book is bad, full of morbid fancies, spiritualistic ideas, and unnatural characters.' Now, as I had no theory of any kind, don't believe in Spiritualism, and copied my characters from life, I don't see how this critic can be right.
He gradually grew more morbid, and became a rather pitiful victim of insomnia, the drug chloral, and spiritualistic delusions about his wife.
It is a fact that we as human beings are living within three major environments: (1) materialistic, (2) spiritualistic, and (3) social.
(22) He recalls that Tolstoy, in his spiritualistic and pantheistic metaphysics, sharply distinguishes between the personality and reasonable consciousness.
In response to the final survey question, Yadav wrote: "In my view (and it is just a view), Hindu-Christian dialogue is too unhistorical, too untextual, too spiritualistic and too superfluous, it is thick in interreligious simile, too thin in substance" (pp.
That is, read on the basis of a post-Kantian approach to idealism, Hegel's recourse to 'spirit' would be anything but 'spiritualistic' in the conventional sense.
Most of the sermons delivered by Catholics, I would venture to guess, tend to be spiritualistic and neglect the Church's best kept secret, as Catholic social justice teaching has often been called.
During his early "spiritualistic" phase Fortini is averse to progressivism, idealism and positivism; thus Lenzini can write of "la perenne dislocazione di Fortini" (xxxv) and point to the importance of the Bible in the author's sense of ethical vocation, in particular his Pauline type of polemic "contro la 'sophia' delle elites" (xxxv).
The individual is materialistic, he becomes readily attached to private and local interests; human society is spiritualistic, constantly tending to free itself from the miseries of local existence, to attain to the lofty and abstract unity of the homeland.
Even evidently spiritualistic developments in Christian history, such as scholastic theology, betrayed the rationalist's optimism, a sure indicator of monism.
As always, there is reference to many books that one may have missed, such as Harper's Encyclopedia of Mystical and Paranormal Experience (from which it appears that success in the spiritualist trade may come at the cost of a lot of headaches) and Rustlings in the Golden City: Being a Record of Spiritualistic Experiences in Ballarat and Melbourne (London: Office of Light, 1902).
I like what I heard the Benedictine theologian, Joan Chittister, say on the subject of "spirituality": "If it's the real thing (and sometimes it is), it does not turn the mind off; it turns it on." The question that always has to be asked about experiential, spiritualistic religion is: What does it lead to in terms of both thinking and acting?