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Introducing the philosophy of religion
Introducing the philosophy of religion

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Two provisional definitions

So what were your own definitions of God and religion? How did they compare with the dictionary’s? If there were differences, why do you think that was?

Here are two possible definitions of these terms:


The supreme personal being existing beyond the world, creator and ruler of the universe.


System of belief in and worship of a supernatural power or God.

As I say, these possible definitions are not beyond challenge just because they might appear in a dictionary. As it happens, I made them up, just to give two starting-points for our discussion. So perhaps they can be improved upon.