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I need one definition of religion?
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This is a great question, but a very difficult task. As you might know definition are notoriously difficult to construct in a world as complex as ours. People from around the world will have differing opinions of what is and what is not a part of religion. Augustine said is best: "We know what religion is until someone asks us to define it."
The best that we can do is give a general definition of anything, which includes religion. For more thoughts on this topic, you have to read Wittgenstein on his theory of family resemblances.
In light of this point, I would say that a good general definition of religion is as follows:
Religion is the belief and worship of a supernatural being or beings.
Others have given different definitions. Here is a short sampling:
"Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature... It is the opiate of the people."
Peter Berger - the great sociologist:
"Religion is the human attitude towards a sacred order - that includes within it all being—human or otherwise—i.e., belief in a cosmos, the meaning of which both includes and transcends man."
Posted by readerofbooks on June 5, 2013 at 5:31 PM (Answer #1)
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