Please help with the following problem.
I want to understand more about criteria to come out with a good working definition of religion.
The definition should be specific, free of personal opinion, not too narrow or too broad, and functional and substantive; and if there is anymore.
Generally, to come out with a good definition you need also to go to the etymology of the word. Etymologies normally contain the clue for good definitions. Also consult definitions given by people from different fields e.g. philosophy, psychology, anthropology, sociology, theology etc. Moreover, consult the definition given over different periods of time in history. After consulting all these, you will find out that your definition will never be too personal. Let's try and define religion.
Religion comes from the Latin word religio (religionem). Actually the ultimate origin of the word is somehow obscure. ...
The following posting helps provide a definition of religion in the modern world. The explanation is given in 406 words.