How would you define religion in academic terms?

Views: 1030

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Given most of these definitions of religion, I would definitely be a-religious.  In fact I might be at least moderately anti-religious.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water --

Well you are, of course, a-religious - because, as I understand it, religion is about man reaching out to a deity or deities, while Catholicism is about the Catholic pantheon reaching out to man.  Did I get that right?


I honestly don't know, @Heather. The language you are using is very different from the language we would use, but it may be that our concepts are close. I'm not sure what a "Catholic pantheon" is, but it would be true that we talk about the Church, as people of God, reaching out to man/each other.

Within Catholicism we also use the word "religion" differently than it would be used in common parlance. It's more a term of art / technical term. So for example, most parish priests we would call "secular". Religious priests would be those belonging to a community with a particular discipline or charism, like the Jesuits.

This is why the definitions are so hard, and we have to try to clarify what it is each person is talking about before we choose to reject their words. I would join most of the people here at TA in rejecting what they consider "religion", certainly.

Yes, Bob - few cult devotees recognize that they are even members of a cult, let alone practitioners of religion.

Ah, @Gallup, back to the adolescent name calling I see.

I think this thread is about the definition of religion. Perhaps you would like to contribute to that conversation?

Considering that religion is based on a non-existent entity, I really don't see how it can have a definition.

Is there a definition for a belief in Santa Claus?

You can look up leprechaun, unicorn, contradiction, and god in the dictionary right now.

You should have gone into the HTML, and made the image smaller, so we could all read it. I KNOW you know how to do this.

Sorry, I didn't notice

So then it becomes a crapshoot, as to which way we can't read it?




Started by Jake LaFort in Small Talk. Last reply by Reg The Fronkey Farmer 16 minutes ago. 4 Replies

Do humans benefit the Earth? If so, explain.

Started by Tyrion in Small Talk. Last reply by Gregg RThomas 13 hours ago. 22 Replies

Poem: Clergy

Started by Fred Hampton in Religion and the Religious, Atheism and Atheists. Last reply by Gregg RThomas 17 hours ago. 1 Reply

Ernesto Che' Guevara

Started by Fred Hampton in Quotes. Last reply by Unseen 25 minutes ago. 23 Replies

Fred Hampton Is New Here

Started by Fred Hampton in Welcome to Think Atheist. Last reply by Fred Hampton on Tuesday. 8 Replies

Blog Posts

I am Ayaz Nizami

Posted by Noon Alif on March 27, 2017 at 10:30am 13 Comments

Seraphims and Cherubims

Posted by Fred Hampton on March 27, 2017 at 2:04am 0 Comments

© 2017   Created by umar.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service