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Religion: Introduction


Welcome to the research guide for religion.


The word religion comes from medieval Latin religio, meaning "obligation" or "bond," derived from ancient Latin re- (back) + ligare (tie or join), meaning "to tie back," ostensibly to one's roots.1

Religion usually connotes a system of faith-based belief in a supreme power or powers, interpretation of sacred texts or traditional lore to guide human actions, and commitment to moral or philosophical precepts; it may include public professions of belief, regular participation in rituals, and obligation to educate others outside the group regarding the belief system.2,3

1 Religion. (2012). In Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary. Retrieved from Credo Reference

2 Barrett, D. (2007). Religion. In Chambers dictionary of the unexplained. Retrieved from Credo Reference 

3 Religion. (1993). In Bloomsbury guide to human thought. Retrieved from Credo Reference 

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