definition of worship

By Hal Canary, 2004-08-12 11:33:41 (link)
#theology

from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

Worship:

Transitive Verb:
    To respect; to honor; to treat with civil reverence. (1)

    To pay divine honors to; to reverence with supreme respect
    and veneration; to perform religious exercises in honor
    of; to adore; to venerate. (2)

    To honor with extravagant love and extreme submission, as
    a lover; to adore; to idolize. (3)

Noun:
    Excellence of character; dignity; worth; worthiness.
    Obs. (4)

    Honor; respect; civil deference. Obs. (5)

    Hence, a title of honor, used in addresses to certain
    magistrates and others of rank or station. (6)

    The act of paying divine honors to the Supreme Being;
    religious reverence and homage; adoration, or acts of
    reverence, paid to God, or a being viewed as God.  (7)

    Obsequious or submissive respect; extravagant admiration;
    adoration. (8)

    An object of worship. (9)

Intransitive Verb:
    To perform acts of homage or adoration; esp., to perform
    religious service. (10)

Mark uses the term worship to refer to any religious gathering. I say it is limited to religious veneration, submission, adoration, or reverence of a diety (2,7,10) or as a metaphor (1,3,5,6,8). I need to discuss this further with him. I don't remember exactly what he said.

The point is: if I was a diety, I would not want to be worshipped. This is why I don't like the term.


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