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    What's a religion?

    What do you think a religion is?
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    Re: What's a religion?

    I would call it a belief in spirits, energies, higher beings, or other supernatural forces and the cultural rituals (here used in the anthropological sense of the word) that go along with it.
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    Re: What's a religion?

    A set of beliefs grown and fostered by the perception of (a) reality.
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    Re: What's a religion?

    An organized system of belief that generally seeks to find purpose, meaning, goals, and methods of communicating and co-existing with the Universe, involving well-defined practices and rules followed by more than one individual.
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    Re: What's a religion?

    From the Latin re-ligare : to reconnect with the divine.
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    Re: What's a religion?

    The marketing of an idea.
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    Re: What's a religion?

    An explanation for things we cannot yet explain with science.
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    Re: What's a religion?

    I think its the beliefs and practices centered around the manifestation of divinity (in whatever form), or analogous idea of similar importance.
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    Re: What's a religion?

    Putting aside what the word 'religion' implies according to the English language, I think religion means a way of life. Which is why I prefer the Arabic word deen.

    In that sense you can include Atheism for example in that definition.
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    Re: What's a religion?

    Religion to me is the type of thinking you use to decipher phenomenons and the workings of the world (This way you could include Atheism as well)
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