religion

Some different senses of the word/concept ‘religion’:

  • Like a bellybutton: a basic and unifying characteristic of humanity – we are all ‘religious’ in the broadest sense.  We all have a worldview, beliefs and values which inform and shape the way we live our lives.
  • Like a band: a particular and distinguishing characteristic of a group – this is my/our ‘religion’, which you are in/out of.  We all are ‘religious’, perhaps, but there are religions within religion.
  • Like a badge: a performance mindset characteristic of individuals (or a group) – I am ‘religious’ and therefore better (in the eyes of God or of other humans) than people who aren’t as moral as me.