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I can identify with this article. I think one can experience spirituality in many things without having to involve religion. I experience it training in Aikido, and I can totally empathize how you could find it in Science as well.

'"Our results show that scientists hold religion and spirituality as being qualitatively different kinds of constructs," said Elaine Howard Ecklund, assistant professor of sociology at Rice and lead author of the study. "These spiritual atheist scientists are seeking a core sense of truth through spirituality -- one that is generated by and consistent with the work they do as scientists."'
More than 20 percent of atheist scientists are spiritual, according to new research. Though the general public marries spirituality and religion, the study found that spirituality is a separate idea -...
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+Zachary Roovenback Aren't models and abstract concepts are used all the time to help us understand the physical world? To say that it's 'make believe' does not necessarily mean that it has, in reality, no value.

Is it not as real as imagination, love, hope or spite?
Yes. And all of those words and concepts have actual definitions. Spirituality does not. The word itself is used in its own official definition lol.
I agree, the way 'spirituality' is a defined is rather lame. The definition for 'spiritual' was a little more helpful.

Of, relating to, or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.
That is my main problem with spirituality.. it can mean virtually anything. Although i have found that artistry/artistic is a great swap word for spiritual. It carries the samw meaning, but its a much clearer word.
I'm with you on that. It's definitely a broad and loaded word.
Ok, now compare the extremely lacking definition of spirituality with the definition of artistry. Very similar and yet its definition actually has meaning and still achieves the same ethereal assumptions:

the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
the class of objects subject to aesthetic criteria; works of art collectively, as paintings, sculptures, or drawings: a museum of art; an art collection. See fine art, commercial art.
a field, genre, or category of art: Dance is an art.
the fine arts collectively, often excluding architecture: art and architecture.
any field using the skills or techniques of art: advertising art; industrial art.
And although it was missing from that definition of art, the word also allows an intellectual connection that otherwise would not happen between people... which is something that most people associate with spirituality, but curiously that's not part of its definition. Weird huh?
I dunno, when you put it that way, the two words clearly have different meanings. Whereas Artistry can have an effect on Spirituality and vice versa, Artistry seems to deal exclusively with aesthetics.

For me, the term Spirituality seems to imply theism or paganism for too many people and I don't think that's necessarily the 'omnipresent supergalactic oneness' that the scientists in the article are feeling or seeking which makes it a contentious word.
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