A Definition of Religion

In the current debate over the federal government’s proposed freedom of religion bill, people have been asking “how do you even define religion?”.

Here is Julian Huxley’s definition, proposed in 1924:

“Religion is the response of human personality to the outer universe of experience”.

Observers at the time liked this definition. The “Dismal Dean”of St Pauls, W. R. Inge, pronounced it to be one of the best he knew. It may be too wise and inclusive for lawyers and politicians!

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