The War on the Word “Religion”

I've responded to this war a number of times: the word "religion" has a definition,

1: a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices

2 a(1) : the service and worship of God or the supernatural

(2) : commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance

It's not that hard to figure out, but many Christians don't seem to like the word "religion." EWWW...that's religious. It's a relationship, not a religion and on and on. I think that Christianity is the only religion that has a problem with the word religion.

If you care to ask, and they care to tell, if you probe into what the actually mean when they hear "religious" it end up being some sort of legalism.

I read a new term today!

I'm reading "Natural Theology" by Geerhardus Vos - the book is in a question/answer format and close to the end, question #187 is "Can the will be excluded from religion? The new term is in the answer"

No, what distinguishes all pure religion from an unhealthy 'pietism' is that it works on the will and brings it into sound motion...

There is it!

Unhealthy pietism.

I think I could put it this way: Pietism is to piety as sanctimonious is to sanctification.

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