What is Religion?
Religion is the system of beliefs, practices and rituals which people have about the universe, God, the past and the future. It is a source of comfort, guidance and meaning in life.
There are many different kinds of religions, for example Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. Each has its own special building, called a temple, church or mosque, where people can go to worship.
Each religion has different rules and morals for how to behave, and how to treat other humans. For example, Christianity and Judaism say that it is good to be kind to other people, even when they aren’t nice to you.
People who follow a religion often have lots of different things they do to show their faith, like going to prayer meetings or making their own religious art. These can be tiny pieces of jewellery to big statues and paintings.
There are many kinds of religions, for example Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism. Each has its own rules and morals for how to behave, including a “path” of goodness, truth and duty.
Some people think that if you’re a member of a religion then you’re more healthy than people who aren’t. However, this is not always true.
The word “religion” comes from the Latin root religio, which means ‘to pray’ or ‘worship’. It has been used to describe a variety of different activities over the centuries, including religion as a way of life (which is the same thing as ‘to worship’), religion as a religion of scrupulous devotion and religion as a religion of spiritual power.