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Relígion. n.s. [religion, Fr. religio, Lat.]

  1. Virtue, as founded upon reverence of God, and expectation of future rewards and punishments.

    He that is void of fear, may soon be just,
    And no religion binds men to be traitors.
    Benj. Johnson.

    One spake much of right and wrong,
    Of justice, of religion, truth and peace
    And judgment from above.
    Milton.

    If we consider it as directed against God, it is a breach of religion; if as to men, it is an offence against morality. South.

    By her inform'd, we best religion learn,
    Its glorious object by her aid discern.
    Blackmore.

    Religion or virtue, in a large sense, includes duty to God and our neighbour, but in a proper sense, virtue signifies duty towards men, and religion duty to God. Watts.

  2. A system of divine faith and worship as opposite to others.

    The image of a brute, adorn'd
    With gay religions, full of pomp and gold.
    Milton.

    The christian religion, rightly understood, is the deepest and choicest piece of philosophy that is. More.

    The doctrine of the gospel proposes to men such glorious rewards and such terrible punishments as no religion ever did, and gives us far greater assurance of their reality and certainty than ever the world had. Tillotson.

Sources: Blackmore, Richard (24) · Jonson, Ben (70) · Milton, John (449) · More, Henry (28) · South, Robert (158) · Tillotson, John (68) · Watts, Isaac (117)

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