Definitions

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  • adj. Pertaining to or concerned with material human existence, as opposed to spiritual or religious matters.

Etymologies

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From this world +‎ -ly.

Examples

  • If the former is individualistic, magical, and salvationist, the latter is collective, technical, and this-worldly.

    Planet-x.com.au » Why Jews Write Science Fiction and Christians Write Fantasy …

  • Over at City Journal, Benjamin A. Plotinsky tells us How Science Fiction Found Religion: "In a genre less committed than most to the this-worldly, there will always be messiahs to save the world from evil robots or invading aliens."

    March 2009

  • The chapters by different contributors—including a Nobel Prize-winning chemist, a couple of eminent art historians, and a professor of "Animal Well-Being Science"—chronicle a range of encounters with the sublime in what are essentially two broad categories: this-worldly and other-worldly.

    In Pursuit Of the Sublime

  • In Mahabharata, definition of dharma signifies the upholding of both this-worldly and the other-worldly affairs: Dhaaranaad dharma ity aahur dharmena vidhrtaah prajaah, Yat syaad dhaarana sanyuktam sa dharma iti nishchayah Mahabharata 12.110.11.

    Pankaj Jain, Ph.D.: Jain Dharma Goes Beyond Religion

  • The practices associated with the other protectors are different in that they are used by monasteries, lama's estates, families, or individuals for this-worldly purposes as piecemeal elements of a traditional network of religious practices, not to affirm a systematically sectarian outlook.

    The Shugden Affair: Origins of a Controversy (Part II)

  • In a different dimension but not far removed, Obama's Chicago pastor, now eclipsed, Rev. Jeremiah Wright showed Obama a non-dogmatic Christianity: a transcendent God and a zeal for this-worldly activism, but not a direct answer to every political question.

    Christopher Lydon: Reading Obama's Mind: Pragmatism and Its Perils (AUDIO)

  • God's presence and blessings can be found in the form of this-worldly 'goods.'

    Mary J. Loftus: Top 10 Things Religious Leaders Say about Happiness

  • He was torn between the vision of America bearing a “sacred fire” and the need for a this-worldly state.

    The Chosen Peoples

  • It turns out that experiences of spiritual oneness have powerful “this-worldly” benefits too.

    Love For No Reason

  • At the same time, those who prefer this-worldly values can emphasize other themes of the holiday, such as the importance of battling assimilation, affirming religious freedom and resisting oppressors.

    Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie: Hanukkah Matters

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