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Religion is not faith

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on November 26, 2013

I have just started reading “No God But God” by Reza Aslan. Here is a beautiful commentary on the difference between religion and faith.

Religion, it must be understood, is not faith. Religion is the story of faith. It is an institutionalized system of symbols and metaphors that provides a common language with which a community of faith can share with each other their numinous encounter with the Divine Presence. Religion is concerned not with genuine history, but with sacred history, which does not course through time like a river. Rather, sacred history is like a hallowed tree whose roots dig deep into primordial time and whose branches weave in and out of genuine history with little concern for the boundaries of space and time. Indeed, it is precisely at those moments when sacred and genuine history collide that religions are born. The clash of monotheisms occurs when faith, which is mysterious and ineffable and which eschews all categorizations, becomes entangled in the gnarled branches of religion.

I think I’m going to enjoy this book.

 

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6 Responses to “Religion is not faith”

  1. I agree!

  2. Welcome back to the blogosphere Raunak. You were missed.

    That is a beautiful description and since we need both religion and faith it is good that they often get so tangled up together.

  3. Raunak: Great to have you back blogging with your spiritual wisdom. Thanks for the post.

  4. Aaahhh it’s been so long since I read one of your posts… Quite an interesting read! Hope all is well with you!

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