Religion can be a confusing thing. When we talk about religion do we necessarily imply belief in supernatural beings? What qualifies as a supernatural being? How about aliens, vampires or the great pumpkin? How is a philosophy different than a religion? Are humans, as a species, inherently religious? The questions go on and on.
In some Christian circles, Christianity doesn’t count as a religion. Witness this shirt available at Christian Book Distributors:
Front Design: CHRISTIANITY is not a religion with black paint spots in the background.
Back Design: RELIGION IS HUMANS trying to work their way to God. CHRISTIANITY IS GOD coming to men and women through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Nothing like all caps to make your point. I’m guessing that Hammurapi thought he had a relationship with the gods through Shamash, but you see there point.
Yet, yesterday Pat Robertson stated that Islam is not a religion:
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Christianity isn’t a religion, and Islam isn’t a religion? What exactly would be a religion? How about vampires and zombies?
Truly, this is religiously confusing.