The main difference between Religion and Spirituality is that the Religion is a sacred belief system and Spirituality is a philosophical and theological term
Religion may be defined as a cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, world views, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organizations, that relates humanity to supernatural, transcendental, or spiritual elements. However, there is no scholarly consensus over what precisely constitutes a religion.Different religions may or may not contain various elements ranging from the divine, sacred things, faith, a supernatural being or supernatural beings or “some sort of ultimacy and transcendence that will provide norms and power for the rest of life”. Religious practices may include rituals, sermons, commemoration or veneration (of deities), sacrifices, festivals, feasts, trances, initiations, funerary services, matrimonial services, meditation, prayer, music, art, dance, public service, or other aspects of human culture. Religions have sacred histories and narratives, which may be preserved in sacred scriptures, and symbols and holy places, that aim mostly to give a meaning to life. Religions may contain symbolic stories, which are sometimes said by followers to be true, that have the side purpose of explaining the origin of life, the universe, and other things. Traditionally, faith, in addition to reason, has been considered a source of religious beliefs.There are an estimated 10,000 distinct religions worldwide, but about 84% of the world’s population is affiliated with one of the five largest religions, namely Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism or forms of folk religion. The religiously unaffiliated demographic includes those who do not identify with any particular religion, atheists and agnostics. While the religiously unaffiliated have grown globally, many of the religiously unaffiliated still have various religious beliefs.The study of religion encompasses a wide variety of academic disciplines, including theology, comparative religion and social scientific studies. Theories of religion offer various explanations for the origins and workings of religion.
The meaning of spirituality has developed and expanded over time, and various connotations can be found alongside each other. Traditionally, spirituality referred to a religious process of re-formation which “aims to recover the original shape of man”, oriented at “the image of God” as exemplified by the founders and sacred texts of the religions of the world. The term was used within early Christianity to refer to a life oriented toward the Holy Spirit and broadened during the Late Middle Ages to include mental aspects of life. In modern times, the term both spread to other religious traditions and broadened to refer to a wider range of experience, including a range of esoteric traditions and religious traditions. Modern usages tend to refer to a subjective experience of a sacred dimension and the “deepest values and meanings by which people live”, often in a context separate from organized religious institutions, such as a belief in a supernatural (beyond the known and observable) realm, personal growth, a quest for an ultimate or sacred meaning, religious experience, or an encounter with one’s own “inner dimension”.
The belief in a reality beyond what is perceptible by the senses, and the practices associated with this belief.
“My brother tends to value religion, but my sister not as much.”
A particular system of such belief, and the rituals and practices proper to it.
“Islam is a major religion in parts of Asia and Africa.”
“Eckankar is a new religion but Zoroastrianism is an old religion.”
The way of life committed to by monks and nuns.
“The monk entered religion when he was 20 years of age.”
Any practice to which someone or some group is seriously devoted.
“At this point, Star Trek has really become a religion.”
Faithfulness to a given principle; conscientiousness. 16th-17th c.
Engage in religious practice.
Indoctrinate into a specific religion.
To make sacred or symbolic; sanctify.
The quality or state of being spiritual.
Concern for that which is unseen and intangible, as opposed to physical or mundane.
Appreciation for religious values.
That which belongs to the church, or to a person as an ecclesiastic, or to religion, as distinct from temporalities.
An ecclesiastical body; the whole body of the clergy, as distinct from, or opposed to, the temporality.