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Various Definitions of "Religion"

Religion can be defined as a system of beliefs and practices by means which a group of people struggle with ultimate problems of human life.
--J. Yinger.

Religion is a six-dimensional organis, typically containing doctrines, myths, ehtical teachings, rituals, and social institutions, and animated by religious experiences of various kinds.
--N. Smart

Religion is a system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive and long lasting moods and motivation in people by formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and clothing these conceptions eith such and aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquily realistic.
--C. Geertz

Religion is that which provides the overall blueprint by which persons organize their lives, which meaning to one's actions and sense of identity to the person. Such a blueprint, though, is only maintained in conversation with other people share it, so it would seem appropriate to require as part of a definition of religion some verbalization of the meaning-system, something that stands as its basic myth, and some form of social contact of sufficient regularity to allow that conversation to go on.
--B. Hargrove

Religion is a common consensus of the group, two or more, who try and relate their experience of the divine through symbols, language, myths, rituals etc. It It is a mirror to reflect the individual and societal experience in relationship with the ultimate/divine/void.
--M. Radford



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