Christianity Is Not A Religion? My head Hurts...
Sorry if this is in the wrong area, but I consider this an Irrational Precept. There are a few places on this forum I've come acrossed where a couple of theists have claimed that Chrstianity isn't a religion but "the belief Jesus as the Messiah."
I'm curious...where the hell are they getting their definition of religion from? Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Religion states:–noun
|1.||a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.|
|2.||a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.|
|3.||the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices: a world council of religions.|
|4.||the life or state of a monk, nun, etc.: to enter religion.|
|5.||the practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith.|
|6.||something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience: to make a religion of fighting prejudice.|
|7.||religions, Archaic. religious rites.|
|8.||Archaic. strict faithfulness; devotion: a religion to one's vow.|