What Is Religion?
Traditionally, religion is defined as a social-cultural system. It is characterized by worldviews, ethical and moral beliefs, designated practices, sanctified places, and texts.
Feeling of dependence
Various people have a feeling of dependence in religion. Some of them think that this feeling is a result of the spiritual need of man. Others think that it is the result of the structure of religion. In both cases, people believe that they are dependent on the religion to meet their spiritual needs.
Religion is a structure of thought and emotion that allows people to meet their spiritual needs. In other words, religion is a means to satisfy the spiritual needs of people within orthodoxy. This type of religion is a very different type of mysticism. Mysticism is abstract, and is even condemned by some religious people.
Changes in religious belief among people who identify with a religion
Throughout history, religions have evolved, splintering into various forms. Some have become more relevant than others. Traditionally, religions were associated with a particular nation or state. In the UK, for example, the waning of organised religion is evident. The arrival of the internet has facilitated the creation of new religions.
For example, the proliferation of online religious communities is one way to enhance an individual’s sense of identity. Some religions are syncretistic, meaning that they combine elements of two or more existing traditions.
Cross-cultural discussion of religious beliefs, phenomena, and practices
Historically, religion has served as a critical competitive strategy for human species. Religions provide a means of determining the meaning of life and provide competitive advantages to the human species. In the 21st century, religion appears to be in revival in many parts of the world.
Social scientists recognize religion as a social institution that is centered on basic social values and beliefs. Religion also ensures social cohesion and provides a framework for solidarity during grief and loss. It also resolves the terror of anomie and instability. It also reduces maladaptive behaviours and increases social welfare.