An Exploration of Dark Paganism

The Book
Out of the Shadows

Discussion Board
Recommended Links
Recommended Books

Join the John J. Coughlin
News mailing list for updates
on the author and future books!


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

All work is copyright the listed author.

Return to Library