Spirithome.com's spiritual and religious word meanings

What Do Spiritual or Religious Words Mean?


The Meaning Of Religious Words

and why they matter

The words below are ones that you'll often comes across in spiritual and religious writings or talk. Sometimes, these terms can be as confusing or meaningless as those of a bureaucracy. Others are fogged over and fuzzed-out as if to propose a Oneness of All Words, a definition-less state which defies meaning and thwarts the purpose of communication. A few of these words can be downright weird. They're often purposely twisted or spun or gamed, so it's crucial to have a clear idea of what spiritual terms really mean.

This site's part dictionary and thesaurus, but it's mostly a way of getting at what really matters about these words. It gives a specifically Christian slant on spiritual words, yet draws on their more basic, original, or root definitions, as well as what they mean in other religions or philosophies. You may find that these words have meanings that can help you live your life better or wiser, even if you don't believe. If you do believe, you may be staking your life on what these words represent, or at least on the Spirit who uses them to help us understand the world God put us in. I hope you find the Spirithome.com site helpful in clearing away at least some of the smoke.


* affirmation
aim.
alarm
angel.
anger
anoint
anthropomorphism.
apologetics
apostasy.
* atonement
avoidance.
* beauty
belief.
blasphemy.
carnal
churchly words.
commiseration
compassion.
* confession
confessional
confidence
covenant
creativity.
credence
credibility
credit
death.
Deism
dependence.
* desire
diachronic and synchronic study
discipleship.
dogma
doxology.
dread
edify.
* epistemology
* escape.
eschatology
ethereal.
etiology
existential.
expiation.
faith.
faith experience
faithfulness
* fear
* forgiveness.
gentleness.
goodness.
gnosis
gnosticism
* grace.
* gratitude
* guilt.
harmony
heck   (new)
* heresy
holism.
hope
horror
* humility
imagination
irenic.
* joy
kindness
legalism.
long-suffering.
love
* material
materialism.
* mercy
metaphysical.
metempsychosis
to minister
mortification,
mystery
numerology
numinous.
om
panic.
pantheism
* paradox.
paranormal.
patience
phobia
pity
pride
propitiation
prudence.
psychic
psychokinesis.
qualm
reincarnation
relativism
* divine relationship.
reliance
redeem, redemption.
to remember
* repentance
respect
sacerdotal
sect, sectarian.
self
self-control
* sinner.
soul
spirit.
spiritual
* supernatural
sympathy
syncretism.
synergism
tantra
tautology.
teleology
telekinesis
telepathy.
temperance
terror
testimony
theodicy.
theophany
tradition
trust.
unction
* words about Scripture.
worry
yogi.

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ver.: 10 May 2012
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