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    Lets try and come up with a clear definition of religion that could encompass nearly all of the worldviews that are conventionally considered 'religious'.
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    what the hell is wrong with the dictionary definition?
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    Quote Originally Posted by booyalab View Post
    what the hell is wrong with the dictionary definition?

    It fails to encapsulate many worldviews that we can justifiably claim as religious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueWing View Post
    It fails to encapsulate many worldviews that we can justifiably claim as religious.
    Such as?

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    I think what you might be looking for is a criterion of demarcation, similar to falsification in science or consistency in mathematics. Exactly what is it that demarcates religion from other human endevours? what makes it different?
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    religion
    Main Entry: re·li·gion
    Pronunciation: ri-'li-j&n
    Function: noun
    Etymology: Middle English religioun, from Anglo-French religiun, Latin religion-, religio supernatural constraint, sanction, religious practice, perhaps from religare to restrain, tie back -- more at RELY
    1 a : the state of a religious <a nun in her 20th year of religion> b (1) : the service and worship of God or the supernatural (2) : commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance
    2 : a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
    3 archaic : scrupulous conformity : CONSCIENTIOUSNESS
    4 : a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith
    - re&#183;li&#183;gion&#183;less adjective
    tennis
    Main Entry: ten&#183;nis
    Pronunciation: 'te-n&s
    Function: noun
    Usage: often attributive
    Etymology: Middle English tenetz, tenys, probably from Anglo-French tenez, 2d person plural imperative of tenir to hold -- more at TENABLE
    1 : COURT TENNIS
    2 : an indoor or outdoor game that is played with rackets and a light elastic ball by two players or pairs of players on a level court (as of clay or grass) divided by a low net
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    Quote Originally Posted by nocturne View Post
    I think what you might be looking for is a criterion of demarcation, similar to falsification in science or consistency in mathematics. Exactly what is it that demarcates religion from other human endevours? what makes it different?


    Essentially we shouldnt deem all worldviews as either religious or non-religious as this would be a false dichotomy. Religiosity should be assessed on a continuum. The question that we should ask here is what exactly religiosity could be? And how much of it must a worldview have in order for us to regard it as a religion of its own? So I dont think that we could break it down into the entity of how there are religious worldviews and non-religious and then just brainstorm about how the former is different from the latter as all worldviews have religiosity to them.
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