In this episode, my aim is to encourage you to stop using the word ‘belief’ when you think about (and talk about) religion. It is not a useful word, and for most of the time it does the opposite of what we want the word to do — that is, it obscures our attempts to understand, rather than adding any clarity or precision.

If you are going to continue to use the word belief, then I recommend some caution with it. Treat it as though it is radioactive, or contaminated with some highly polluting substance, so you need special protective materials (gloves, body suit, mask, etc) in order to be able to use it.

Just be careful how you use it. And when you do use it, think about what you are saying when you say it.

RB015 The problem of BELIEF in the study of Religion (Religion Bites Podcast)

by Malory Nye time to read: 1 min