Thursday, March 12, 2009

Syncretist was a term of disparagement

syn·cre·tism (sngkr-tzm, sn-)
1. Reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief, as in philosophy or religion, especially when success is partial or the result is heterogeneous.
2. Linguistics The merging of two or more originally different inflectional forms.

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Syncretist was a term of disparagement used by theologians to describe those who cherry-pick the religions and theological beliefs. Personally, I got really sick of growing up with Catholic dogma and started to look around at other ways of making sense of the world - hence I put my worldview together according to what interests me and what appears to be workable and useful and sometimes inspiring and energising, and not harmful. Hope that makes sense. Your description sounds good also - I like it

Syncretism consists of the attempt to reconcile disparate or contrary beliefs, often while melding practices of various schools of thought.

I guess this makes me a Syncretist!! 

I'm both new age (depak chopra follower) AND Christian (John Bradshaw student)

The term may refer to attempts to merge and analogize several originally discrete traditions, especially in the theology and mythology of religion, and thus assert an underlying unity allowing for an inclusive approach to other faiths.

Syncretism also occurs commonly in literature, music, the representational arts and other expressions of culture. (Compare the concept of eclecticism.) Syncretism may occur in architecture as well. There also exist syncretic politics, although in political classification the term has a somewhat different meaning.

Heterogeneous is an adjective used to describe an object or system consisting of multiple items having a large number of structural variations. It is the opposite of homogeneous, which means that an object or system consists of multiple identical items. Matters of a quantum can exist in homogenous or in heterogeneous or in combined distributions. The term is often used in a scientific (such as a kind of catalyst), mathematical, sociological or statistical context.

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