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Religion = Worldview + Theology


Many people categorize religion as only relating to one's preference and or belief in the arena of one's spirituality. However, religion is one's perception or view of the world in which we live and in one's belief in the arena of theological perspective of one's life; rather a believer of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Naturalism, and Chinese traditional religion or a believer there is no higher being or supreme existence beyond this world at all, that is your religion.  






"Every religion gives a definition of the cosmos that helps its adherents understand the bigger picture of reality. These definitions are often referred to as worldviews. A worldview is simply how we view this world, this universe, in which we live. Therefore religion is a way of understanding the world. The philosophical systems developed by the Greek thinkers Plato and Aristotle were worldviews. Every mature rational human being has a worldview, whether or not he is fully aware of it." (Ekstrand, pg. 17). 


From my understanding, rather you are a Christian, or a believer of the existence of some kind of higher being, or some kind of supreme self existence, or a person that believes one's life in this world is all there is, that is your view of the world; thus, your religious worldview. So, to say you are not religious is a fallacy as everyone has a worldview and a theological view of their life in this world in one way or another. 


Even an atheist has a worldview and thus, a religion. According to Donald W. Ekstrand  in his book CHRISTIANITY The Pursuit of Divine Truth, "The first premise of naturalism is that God does not exist; it sees the universe as all there is. By definition, naturalism excludes supernatural agency or activity; thus it is essentially an atheistic worldview. It is a philosophical paradigm whereby everything can be explained in terms of natural causes. Naturalism’s basic presupposition is that the material universe is the sum total of reality, that the universe in which we live contains no transcendent reality; as such, it is an impersonal universe. A naturalistic worldview assumes that the material which makes up the universe has never been created, but has always existed." (pg. 39). 


In my opinion, to leave out the emphases of one's theological perspective in this life is to say one has no understanding of the world in which we exist, no worldview; thus, a fallacy. There are four groups of religions, Monotheism (one God), Polytheism (many gods or goddesses), Pantheism (thousands levels of existence), and Naturalism (only the natural world exist). Note; Naturalism is one of the four; thus, a religion. So, in knowing this would one say I'm not religious? Well, if you live in this world you are destined to have a lens of some kind of this world or your not human.  And what you think of your existence in this world is your theological perspective of your life and if you don't think then you must be dead. So, what do you think? Does religion equal worldview plus theology? And, bigger question: What is your religion? 


Further reading on this topic:


The Merits of Using “Worldview” in Religious Education by Jacomijn C. van der Kooij, Doret J. de Ruyter, & Siebren Miedema


What is the Nature of Religion? Worldview by Scott Aniol

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