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Formalism
Ceremonialism • Formality • Institutionalization
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The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
formalism
formalism. The word is used in religious contexts in at least three senses. (1) Undue insistence on the outward observances of religion or the prescriptions of a moral code, with a corresponding neglect of the inner spirit or significance which the ‘forms’ were designed to safeguard.(2) In the 17th
Pocket Dictionary of Ethics
Formalism
formalism. The elevation of the outward form to the neglect of the inward substance; the reliance on the outward rituals practiced by a *community with little regard for the values to which the ceremonies are intended to point. Ethical formalism, in turn, views the ethical life as the performance of
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