• Home
  • Forum
  • Dictionary
  • Articles
  • Tutorials
  • Books
  • Directory
  • Share your work


Dictionary » R » Religions

Religions

religion

1. The outward act or form by which men indicate their recognition of the existence of a god or of gods having power over their destiny, to whom obedience, service, and honor are due; the feeling or expression of human love, fear, or awe of some superhuman and overruling power, whether by profession of belief, by observance of rites and ceremonies, or by the conduct of life; a system of faith and worship; a manifestation of piety; as, ethical religions; monotheistic religions; natural religion; revealed religion; the religion of the jews; the religion of idol worshipers. An orderly life so far as others are able to observe us is now and then produced by prudential motives or by dint of habit; but without seriousness there can be no religious principle at the bottom, no course of conduct from religious motives; in a word, there can be no religion. (Paley) Religion [was] not, as too often now, used as equivalent for godliness; but . . . It expressed the outer form and embodiment which the inward spirit of a true or a false devotion assumed. (trench) Religions, by which are meant the modes of sdivine worship proper to different tribes, nations, or communities, and based on the belief held in common by the members of them severally . . . There is no living religion without something like a doctrine. On the other hand, a doctrine, however elaborate, does not constitute a religion. (C. P. Tiele (Encyc. Brit)) Religion . . . Means the conscious relation between man and God, and the expression of that relation in human conduct. (J. Kostlin (Schaff-Herzog Encyc)) After the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisce. (Acts xxvi. 5) The image of a brute, adorned With gay religions full of pomp and gold. (milton)

2. Specifically, conformity in faith and life to the precepts inculcated in the bible, respecting the conduct of life and duty toward god and man; the Christian faith and practice. Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. (Washington) Religion will attend you . . . As pleasant and useful companion in every proper place, and every temperate occupation of life. (Buckminster)

3. A monastic or religious order subject to a regulated mode of life; the religious state; as, to enter religion. A good man was there of religion. (Chaucer)

4. Strictness of fidelity in conforming to any practice, as if it were an enjoined rule of conduct. Those parts of pleading which in ancient times might perhaps be material, but at this time are become only mere styles and forms, are still continued with much religion. (Sir M. Hale)

Religion, as distinguished from theology, is subjective, designating the feelings and acts of men which relate to god; while theology is objective, and denotes those ideas which man entertains respecting the God whom he worships, especially his systematized views of God. As distinguished from morality, religion denotes the influences and motives to human duty which are found in the character and will of God, while morality describes the duties to man, to which true religion always influences. As distinguished from piety, religion is a high sense of moral obligation and spirit of reverence or worship which affect the heart of man with respect to the Deity, while piety, which first expressed the feelings of a child a2e

toward a parent, is used for that filial sentiment of veneration and love which we owe to the father of all. As distinguished from sanciti, religion is the means by which sanctity is achieved, sanctity denoting primarily that purity of heart and life which results from habitual communion with God, and a sense of his continual presence. Natural religion, a religion based upon the evidences of a God and his qualities, which is supplied by natural phenomena. See Natural theology, under Natural. Religion of humanity, a name sometimes given to a religion founded upon positivism as a philosophical basis. Revealed religion, that which is based upon direct communication of God's will to mankind; especially, the Christian religion, based on the revelations recorded in the old and new testaments.

Origin: F, from L. Religio; cf. Religens pious, revering the gods, Gr. To head, have a care. Cf. Neglect.


Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page



Results from our forum


Neo-Orthogenesis and Neo-Darwinian evolution

... excellent book 'The Greatest Show on Earth' and have listened to many lectures on the subject. I'm also not a believer in any of the Abrahamic religions or any established contemporary religion (although I do appreciate the metaphysical teachings from some Eastern traditions) and I reject the ...

See entire post
by valetudo
Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:12 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Neo-Orthogenesis and Neo-Darwinian evolution
Replies: 0
Views: 63

7 deadly sins in nature

... So an individual of either sex might not be given the choice. They are in effect made to sin, even when they know it is wrong. Governments and religions also take a hand in determining the size of families. I suppose this is where the 'collective' issue appears. But ultimately the individual ...

See entire post
by animartco
Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:30 pm
 
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: 7 deadly sins in nature
Replies: 6
Views: 1036

Please answer: Group selection and Sociobiology

... since I'm interested in its relation to human societies: I wonder if group selection is a valid way of explaining social phenomena like cultures, religions etcetera? I know that there is a cultural analog to genetics for cultures called memetics, but long I've wondered if cultures aren't just ...

See entire post
by Veritophilia
Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:07 pm
 
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Please answer: Group selection and Sociobiology
Replies: 1
Views: 135

The selective advantage of God

... Not sure what you are getting at here. I haven't seen the video. But are you talking about things like 'speaking in tongues'? Many of the sorts of religions that put people into trances around the globe are ethnically related. But not all. It is possible apparently, for anyone to go into a trance ...

See entire post
by animartco
Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:09 pm
 
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: The selective advantage of God
Replies: 2
Views: 790

Re: Re:

... I do not understand this Pauli's argument: the fact that determinism/free will is "beyond" the scientific method (much like gods and religions - except that, unlike with religions, there is rational reasoning behind both sides of the argument) does not make it true or false. I assume ...

See entire post
by biohazard
Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:13 am
 
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Do We Have The Freedom Of Choice?
Replies: 27
Views: 18554
View all matching forum results

This page was last modified 21:16, 3 October 2005. This page has been accessed 1,176 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link