At War With The Mystics

I really dislike when people use the word ‘mystical’ as a pejorative term. It’s usually used as a signifier for some kind of airy-fairy New Age thing, or generally for religion itself. Someones religious views are dismissed as ‘mystical nonsense’ – even if the beliefs themselves have nothing to do with mysticism. I read an article today about a Catholic priest’s views on abortion which was labelled as ‘mystical’. I don’t think these people have any idea what mysticism is, or that it has an actual meaning.