I am continuing to think about this word that we don't yet have to describe a religious point of view that sees all conventional religions as inadequate human constructions, that have not been able to communicate the experience of an ultimate reality that transcends us.
While this must be enough already (I have published two recent blog posted on the subject), it isn't because it remains unresolved for me. It is an important concept, and I need to be able to talk about it in a way that distinguishes it from other talk about religion.
For instance, it is different from mysticism because mysticism is the practice of the mystical, when certain activities are undertaken to experience the divine directly. It is different from perennialism because it doesn't advocate that the world's religions are expressions of the same reality. In some ways we are dealing with the opposite position, that religions have done a poor job and have yet to express that reality in any really meaningful way.
I am thinking now about these possibilities:
The view that the ultimate reality is beyond the gods that the conventional religions advocate.
The view that the ultimate reality is the numinal, something that can't be captured by conventional religions.