How about nations and politics? When man creates religion based on what he thinks he is not relying on God he is relying on his ideas. If you look at these lists of 'modern' definitions of religion, the plurality (if not the majority) of the ones from academia seem roughly aligned with the (disputed) etymology. Religion binds when it is nothing but a stringent set of rules/laws to live by. The reason bad people do bad things in the name of religion is because they have distorted what they think is right. I'd like to post the content of those links you shared: "The best definition of religion I’ve heard came from a priest. It's like the cast, sling or wrap that keeps an injury from becoming worse. Legitimate question. The word religion means to "bind back" or "yoke" [edited], i.e. The religio or bond/obligation refers to a monastic vow. ". Links: "The World's Most Terrifying Penises". Picture Window theme. But regardless of whether religare or relegare is the etymological origin of religio, wouldn't either predate the concept of a monastic bond by centuries? You couldn't learn all there is to know in several life times. Link: Caucasians=Neanderthal Hybrid, Asian=Erectus... Link: "Evolution gave flawed eye better vision", Link: Worm Escape Inversion--Awesome Adaptation, Link: 'You Are Here' Size Comparison of the Universe, Link: The Human Camera--A Savant's Genius, Link: Awesome Adaptation--Mammoth Anti-Freeze Blood. ligament) + -iōn--ion; cf. The top of the mountain is God and the belayer is Christ. I personally own a set of software valued at somewhere around or over 1000 dollars that contains copious grammars and dictionarys cross-referencing every location each word is used in the Bible and potentially every time it was used in the surviving manuscripts of that day (I can't bring myself to sell it even though I've sold copious amounts of my other theology book). That's basically another way of saying what I said, and I don't see any reason not to include scientists under that umbrella. Theme images by. Another possible origin is. Meaning "particular system of faith" is recorded from c.1300. It has nothing to do with seeking an understanding of the universe or our place in it. The word religion means to "bind back" or "yoke" [edited], i.e. The lord has said, "I the lord am bound when ye do what I say, but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise. It keeps us sane. Modern sense of "recognition of, obedience to, and worship of a higher, unseen power" is from 1530s. Why is it sometimes salubrious and others pernicious? To break the ice of discussing a very interesting root word. etc. It's the social glue that keeps us from coming undone into shear chaos and rules of the jungle anarchy. The rope (religion) binds us by the commandments we keep and covenants that we make with God. When we do what the lord says and rely on him we will ascend the mountain, but if we do not keep all the commandments and covenants God has given we will surely fall. The etymology wasn't disputed. What was disputed is the way you are playing with etymology in order to get it to fit your desired narrative. I would say his quote refers to spirituality rather than religion. the William James quote: "[Religion is] the feelings, acts, and experiences of individual men in their solitude, so far as they apprehend themselves to stand in relation to whatever they may consider the divine.". Can such a society persist? "respect for what is sacred, reverence for the gods," in L.L. Though qualitatively different, interestingly this is not incompatible with a memory function. The word religion comes from the Latin and while there are a few different translations, the most prevalent roots take you back to the Latin word “Re-Ligare”. http://www2.kenyon.edu/Depts/Religion/Fac/Adler/Reln101/defi... E.g. to seek an understanding of the universe and our place in it. to relig (āre) to tie, fasten (re-re-+ ligāre to bind, tie; cf. I love it! What's the Evolutionary Purpose of the Hymen? How cools that?!). Anyway, this was an interesting read and got me thinking. On one hand, you could say that religion is the thing that 'binds' society together. [1150–1200; ME religioun (‹ OF religion) ‹ L religiōn-(s. of religiō) conscientiousness, piety, equiv. The Modern English word religion doesn't mean the same thing as Latin religare, or even Latin religio, or even the original Middle English sense of religion.