Dictionary Source

These definitions come from the Funk & Wagnal Dictionary 1895 Edition.


  1. A belief binding the spiritual nature of man to a supernatural being on whom he is conscious that he is dependent;
    the practice that springs out of the recognition of such relation, including the
    personal life and experience,
    the doctrine,
    the duties,
    and the rites founded in it.
    religions may be classified as
    1. anti theistic
      embracing atheism, agnosticism, pantheism, nature religions and animism.
    2. theistic
      embracing monotheism or theism proper including theism, Mohammedanism, Judaism, and Christianity.
  2. Any system of faith and worship
  3. conscientious devotion in practice.