from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To impart a spiritual nature to.
- transitive v. To invest with or treat as having a spiritual sense or meaning.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make spiritual; to invoke spirituality.
- v. To refine intellectually or morally; to purify from the corrupting influence of the world; to give a spiritual character or tendency to.
- v. To give a spiritual meaning to; to take in a spiritual sense; opposed to literalize.
- v. To extract spirit.
- v. To convert into, or impregnate with, spirit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To refine intellectiually or morally; to purify from the corrupting influence of the world; to give a spiritual character or tendency to.
- transitive v. To give a spiritual meaning to; to take in a spiritual sense; -- opposed to
- transitive v. To extract spirit from; also, to convert into, or impregnate with, spirit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make spiritual, or more spiritual; elevate above what is worldly or bodily.
- To infuse spirituality or life into; inform with spirit or life; animate.
- To draw a spiritual meaning from, or impart a spiritual meaning to; as, to spiritualize a text of Scripture.
- In chem.:
- To extract spirit from.
- To convert into spirit, or impart the properties of spirit to. Also spelled spiritualise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. give a spiritual meaning to; read in a spiritual sense
- v. elevate or idealize, in allusion to Christ's transfiguration
- v. purify from the corrupting influences of the world
You simply can't think your way out of it, or "spiritualize" your way our of it.
The convenient thing in the traditional Christian Tradition is their distance from their revelations, they can try and "spiritualize" things like the flood or the miracles.
How does Hope "spiritualize" the earth, i.e., make it purer?
“The function of the state is to enlighten, to develop, to increase, to fortify, to spiritualize, and to sanctify the soul of a nation.”
They might spiritualize the prophesy and say that something spiritual happened that can't be seen, but nevertheless the prophecy was fulfilled," says Catherine Wessinger, a professor of religious studies at Loyola University New Orleans, who has written about apocalyptic movements."
"Pacioli believed that stereotomy, the careful 'geometrizing' of stone through cutting and polishing, could transmute and spiritualize lowly matter, evoking St. John's Heavenly Jersualem made of 'pure gold resembling pure glass.'"
They hyper-spiritualize everything, and this story of Mary and Martha is one of the classic ones that she meditates on a lot.
The distinctive human problem from time immemorial has been the need to spiritualize human life, to lift it onto a special immortal plane, beyond the cycles of life and death that characterize all other organisms.
One place to begin is a closer examination of the root experiences which have typically led philosophers and theologians to spiritualize the universe.
If we must spiritualize all of existence, labeling it God adds nothing at best, and plays frivolously with a word deeply resonant to the great majority of theists.