Faith and Philosophy

Volume 3, Issue 3, July 1986

Phillip E. Devine
Pages 270-284

On the Definition of “Religion”

This essay is concerned with the definition of religion. This definition is developed within a context which recognizes the impossibility of value-neutrality in the definition of words. The definition proposed is applied to three complex borderline cases: Spinozism, Marxism, and economism or free-market ideology.