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a derogatory reference to priests who use their influence to control secular or political affairs

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the skills involved in the work of a priest

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The strength of Blake's objections to this is also expressed in his annotated copy of the Swedish mystic's The Wisdom of Angels Concerning the Divine Providence in which, in the opening page displayed, Blake has written 'Lies & Priestcraft.
One can hear in these words--Tagore's own translation--echoes of Christ's admonition against the Pharisees in the Gospels, which Tagore had an added reason to like, for he was, being a Brahmo or reformed Hindu, similarly opposed to the ritualism and priestcraft of orthodox Hinduism.
If that means opposed to Church-domination, priestcraft, & creeds over & above what is written in God's Scriptures, yes, yes it is true," EBB wrote to her brother, at the same time attesting to her love of "Christ's universal church" (p.
Her very piety made her credulous and submissive to the worst monstrosities of priestcraft.
Britons on both sides of the Atlantic came to understand that their religious and civil liberties were bound together--and threatened--by any encroachment of Romanism, priestcraft and arbitrary government.
In his anti-ritualist tract, Walsh rails against "the triumph of Priestcraft in the Church of England" and "the Ritualistic enemies of the Protestant religion" (i).
Religion as a universal genus fostered a retreat into self--the sole alternative supposedly being priestcraft.
But if so, all citizens are at least acolytes to the priestcraft.
Theophilius Firsk, Priestcraft Unmasked (excerpted in Manuel Cachan, Justice Stephen Field and "Free Soil, Free Labor Constitutionalism": Reconsidering Revisionism, 20 Law & Hist.
The transformation of priestcraft is i n d e e d n o t e - w o r t h y " .
The increasing use of scientific jargon, especially in the social sciences, has permitted intellectuals to weave apologia for State rule which rival the ancient priestcraft in obscurantism.
It is likely that during the prolonged agonies of soul's struggle to absorb nature, to outlast against tyranny of the upper orders and later even to fight the evil in other men, the body-soul's search for itself was played out in millions of episodes from dramas made up by the folk themselves, underneath the life of the upper hierarchies of the court, the priestcraft and the rich nobles and merchants who could patronise the classical orders of the arts of one kind or another.
The New Testament was not completed until the end of the first century AD; ample time for any apostolic instructions regarding popes and priestcraft, altars and vestments, and all the other accretions introduced later.
Indeed, the many of these scholars constructed an image of Buddhism as a rational system, stripped of "theology, priestcraft, ceremonies, dogmas, heavens, hells, and other theological shibboleths.
The use of twenty-five cents worth of tentative science to alarm and drive public policy in any direction is a kind of priestcraft that imposes on the many the ideas of the self-certain few, denies the inherent complexity of civilization's infrastructure and the issue involved, and limits the debate on the value of light and lighting.