According to google.
religion – /rɪˈlɪdʒ(ə)n/
1. the belief in and worship of a superhuman
controlling power, especially a personal God or
wikipaedia. defines religion as such.
There are numerous definitions of religion
and only a few are stated here. The typical
dictionary definition of religion refers to a
“belief in, or the worship of, a god or
gods” or the “service and worship of God
or the supernatural”. However, writers
and scholars have expanded upon the “belief
in god” definitions as insufficient to capture
the diversity of religious thought and
Peter Mandaville and Paul James define
religion as “a relatively-bounded system of
beliefs, symbols and practices that addresses
the nature of existence, and in which
communion with others and Otherness is
lived as if it both takes in and spiritually
transcends socially-grounded ontologies of
time, space, embodiment and knowing”.
This definition is intended, they write, to get
away from the modernist dualisms or
dichotomous understandings of immanence/
transcendence, spirituality/materialism, and
Edward Burnett Tylor defined religion as
“the belief in spiritual beings”. He
argued, back in 1871, that narrowing the
definition to mean the belief in a supreme
deity or judgment after death or idolatry
and so on, would exclude many peoples
from the category of religious, and thus “has
the fault of identifying religion rather with
particular developments than with the
deeper motive which underlies them”. He
also argued that the belief in spiritual beings
exists in all known societies.
The anthropologist Clifford Geertz defined
religion as a “system of symbols which acts
to establish powerful, pervasive, and long-
lasting moods and motivations in men by
formulating conceptions of a general order
of existence and clothing these conceptions
with such an aura of factuality that the
moods and motivations seem uniquely
realistic.” Alluding perhaps to Tylor’s
“deeper motive”, Geertz remarked that “we
have very little idea of how, in empirical
terms, this particular miracle is
accomplished. We just know that it is done,
annually, weekly, daily, for some people
almost hourly; and we have an enormous
ethnographic literature to demonstrate it”.
The theologian Antoine Vergote also
emphasized the “cultural reality” of religion,
which he defined as “the entirety of the
linguistic expressions, emotions and, actions
and signs that refer to a supernatural being
or supernatural beings”; he took the term
“supernatural” simply to mean whatever
transcends the powers of nature or human
The sociologist Durkheim, in his seminal
book The Elementary Forms of the Religious
Life, defined religion as a “unified system of
beliefs and practices relative to sacred
things”. By sacred things he meant things
“set apart and forbidden—beliefs and
practices which unite into one single moral
community called a Church, all those who
adhere to them”. Sacred things are not,
however, limited to gods or spirits.
On the contrary, a sacred thing can be “a
rock, a tree, a spring, a pebble, a piece of
wood, a house, in a word, anything can be
sacred”. Religious beliefs, myths, dogmas
and legends are the representations that
express the nature of these sacred things,
and the virtues and powers which are
attributed to them.
In his book The Varieties of Religious
Experience, the psychologist William James
defined religion as “the feelings, acts, and
experiences of individual men in their
solitude, so far as they apprehend
themselves to stand in relation to whatever
they may consider the divine”. By the
term “divine” James meant “any object that
is god like, whether it be a concrete deity or
not” to which the individual feels
impelled to respond with solemnity and
But my definition of religion is as such “a group of people with conflicting views coming together to inflict humans with pain, surffering”. I am a christian currently worshiping at a protestant church, but I can’t turn a blind eye to the disgrace christianity has turned into.
Religion has drifted away from what it was supposed to be,causing conflict,wars and the likes.
Christianity being the leading religion in the world has become the biggest disgrace,which prompted the pope to come out to call the death of jesus “a failure”.
If the world is to change,if peace is to return to the world then religion has to be what it was created to be “a group of people with love,tolerance,acceptance and common belief”.
I have hope , but this hope seems to be useless.