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- n. The capacity of a person to worship, or to experience a religious belief
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Capacity for religious affections or worship.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Emotion excited by the contemplation of God; piety, or a sense of piety.
 surely it is a fine one. a soul of quick feelings & ardent passions absorbed in theopathy. an infatuation — I may say a drunkenness of devotion — which we must love.
The various emotional states (“pleasures and pains”) we experience structure themselves into “six classes”: imagination, ambition, self-interest, sympathy, theopathy, and the moral sense.
Hartley's model of the self in terms of imagination, ambition, and self-interest, and then of sympathy, theopathy, and the moral sense, is dynamically complex.
For the person for whom sympathy and theopathy are primary pursuits, imagination and ambition remain modes of interaction, but modes that are transformed.
The second group combines sympathy, the orientation of personal intersubjectivity, and theopathy, the person's relationship with the divine.
In some, these modes are pathological, and theopathy is often only rudimentarily developed.
This “annihilation” is not quasi-mystical obliteration; rather, it is a reorientation toward, or discovery of, a higher self of sympathy, theopathy, and the moral sense.
Sympathy and theopathy replace imagination and ambition as “primary pursuits,” the fundamental modes of experience and interaction.
Rate It this kind of hateful religious extremism is a symptom of the theopathy endemic in the USA
Sénancourt had found his way through a vague theopathy to autumnal brightness, late-born hope, and tranquil reconcilement with existence.
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