What is religion?

  • (noun): Institution to express belief in a divine power.
    Example: "He was raised in the Baptist religion"
    Synonyms: faith
    See also — Additional definitions below

Religion

Religion is a collection of belief systems, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values. Many religions have narratives, symbols, traditions and sacred histories that are intended to give meaning to life or to explain the origin of life or the Universe. They tend to derive morality, ethics, religious laws or a preferred lifestyle from their ideas about the cosmos and human nature. According to some estimates, there are roughly 4,200 religions in the world.

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Some articles on religion:

Saarland - Religion
... Religion in Saarland - 2007 religion percent Roman Catholics   64.1% Protestants   19.5% Other or none   22.0% The Saarlanders are the most religious ...
Religion - Criticism
... Main article Criticism of religion Religious criticism has a long history, going back at least as far as the 5th century BCE ... During the Middle Ages, potential critics of religion were persecuted and largely forced to remain silent ... like David Hume and Voltaire criticized religion ...
Middle East - Demographics - Religions
... Main article Religion in the Middle East The Middle East is very diverse when it comes to religions, many of which originated there ... in its many forms is by far the largest religion in the Middle East, but other faiths that originated there, such as Judaism and Christianity, are also well represented ... There are also important minority religions like Bahá'í, Yazdânism, Zoroastrianism, Mandeanism, Druze, Yarsan, Yazidism and Shabakism, and in ancient times ...
Young Hegelians - History
... of their existence as a distinct group, and it was their attitude to religion that distinguished the left and right from then onwards (August Cieszkowski is a possible exception to this rule) ... the influence of his relatively enlightened minister of religion, health and education Altenstein, allowed pretty much anything to be said about religion so long as ... Thus the Young Hegelians at first found it easier to direct their critical energies towards religion than politics ...

More definitions of "religion":

  • (noun): A strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny.
    Synonyms: faith, religious belief

Famous quotes containing the word religion:

    Your honesty is not to be based either on religion or policy. Both your religion and policy must be based on it. Your honesty must be based, as the sun is, in vacant heaven; poised, as the lights in the firmament, which have rule over the day and over the night.
    John Ruskin (1819–1900)

    A religion so cheerless, a philosophy so sorrowful, could never have succeeded with the masses of mankind if presented only as a system of metaphysics. Buddhism owed its success to its catholic spirit and its beautiful morality.
    W. Winwood Reade (1838–1875)

    Whereas Freud was for the most part concerned with the morbid effects of unconscious repression, Jung was more interested in the manifestations of unconscious expression, first in the dream and eventually in all the more orderly products of religion and art and morals.
    Lewis Mumford (1895–1990)