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Etymology and Real Life Practices

Posted in Etymology of Religion by entonces27 on September 8, 2008

Friday, February 03, 2006 at 5:50 PM PST

Before we tackle something, let us remind ourselves that we can not do something more preciously when we neglect the value of authentic histories of words. Inasmuch as English is a versatile language, we need to go back to the patterns of word usages by early English men. The fact that English is an influenced language, users of English words must always bear in mind the interplay of etyma or word roots.

Until recently, people are geared towards a learning gauge called science. Many accept that mathematics is an exact science measured by exact rules and precepts, as numbers have definite count or value. Word origins too have definite value and count as the word “knowledge” connotes. Take for example, the word “example” , if you dissect it plainly, you can get the reliable meaning “ex” and “ample” which means “outward correctness” etymologically speaking or “former correctness.” But we have to conform on conventions of meaning and this convention pertains to rules and regulations in lexicography and orthography.

We cannot deny that lexicographers of the past commited mistakes in word usage especially misspellings which nowadays modern English speakers use for the sake of conformity in English usage. That is why as long as language authority is concerned, we have to go back to the original language’s and the transcribed language’s histories.

Now, to speak of religion, we readily reminisce the history of the pagans, Jewish religious folks, animists and the Roman empire to date. To others especially to professional pagans, Jews and monotheists, animists and polytheists, and Romanish folks (Romanish, in the sense that many members of Roman Catholicism actually accept they are Roman Catholics but as far as their unity in doctrine is concerned, only a limited few practice like the sign of the cross, the 7 sacraments etc.) There are also professing atheists and agnostics that they are religious because they conform to the law of the land. But what exactly is religion and where was it first used?

Because I myself firstly render my belief in accordance to the Biblical points of view, I wil consider first the word “religion” in the Greek sense.

” Deisidaimonia (dice-ee-dahee-mon-ee’-ah) from the same as 1174; religion:–superstition. Threskeia (thrace-ki’-ah) from a derivative of 2357; ceremonial observance:–religion, worshipping. Ioudaismos (ee-oo-dah-is-mos’) from 2450; “Judaism”, i.e. the Jewish faith and usages:–Jews’ religion. ” Source: http://www.eliyah.com/cgi-bin/strongs.cgi?file=greeklexicon&isindex=religion  

But, according www.dictionary.com , religion is “n. Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe. A personal or institutionalized system grounded in such belief and worship. The life or condition of a person in a religious order. A set of beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader. A cause, principle, or activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion. Based on Greek reference and lexical reference, we can say that religion has something to do with supernature and personal or institutional system ground in such belief. It is also related to worship. Now, it is somehow extended to mean, “a set of beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader.” But the Greek word Threskeia (thrace-ki’-ah) from a derivative of 2357 which ceremonial observance:–religion, worshipping, is what we shall discuss later. Do you know that in the Bible, especially in King James Version of the Bible, there is mentioned the word “religion”.

Now to start with, keen observation is what the scientists are doing nowadays in proving something hypothetically believed or considered as true or fact. In recognition of the word “observe”, religious folks, especially, the christians in the first century as stated in the Bible did ceremonial observance or worship. Their Master is Jesus Christ (Iesous Christos), literally, God saves us, The Anointed One.

Many professing religious folks, as they claim they are, don’t tend to trace the real and relative meaning of the word “religion”.If you try to investigate the meaning of this word, you will find lots of meaning and interpretations because the original word “Threskeia” is replaced by the latin “religare” which means “to reconnect, to bind together”. Well, that is the most commonly adhered origin of the word “religion”. But do you know that as human beings improve in their etymological understanding, they come to know some other meanings of the word “religion”?

If you are aware of many search engines on the net, and if you are aware of translation engines of the net, then perhaps you would be able to note few hidden meanings of the word “religion”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion shows:

The origins of the word “religion” have been debated for centuries. Some explanations for the origin of the word are: re-reading–from Latin re (again) + legio (read), referring to the repetition of scripture. treating carefully–from Latin relegere (Cicero’s interpretation) ‘to go over again’ or to carefully ponder. re-connection to the divine–from Latin re (again) + ligare (to connect, as in English ligament). This interpretation is favoured by modern scholars such as Tom Harpur, but probably originated with St. Augustine. to bind or return to bondage–an alternate interpretation of the “reconnection” etymology, possibly also originating with Augustine but emphasising a sense of servitude to God. However, the bondage interpretation, while popular with critics of religion, is often considered imprecise and possibly offensive in many modern religious contexts. concerning a gathering–from Latin ablative res (with regard to) + legere
(to gather). More emphatically, religion concerns an organization. Always bear in mind that the basis of religion is “threskeia”, and its main meaning is ceremonial observance or worship. So, you need to be a keen observer just like scientists to know who are religious in accord with what they believe. Atheists claim that they lack belief, but they claim that to be righteous is pleasing. Well, it is likely good that be a vagabond and a menace of society, but that act of atheists cannot fall to the term “religious”, because they are merely following “the law of the land” and “the natural law” and they have none to worship, or maybe, they haven’t come to accept the Hebrew and Greek usage of the word “worship.”

Yours truly,