Religion offers a moral institution - which is both good and bad.
Whereas, as a moralist, although I am an advocate for basic morals, I don't believe a person should subscribe to morals perpetuated by an institution.
Whenever an institution is involved there's always an angle.
Beliefs are what we decide to make of something despite the opinion of others.
Religion often involves the opinion of others - the consensus of a social group who all share similar beliefs.
In lieu of the revelation that religion is belief shared in a group - I suppose you could call it a group that ignores the beliefs of others outside their dogma.
Edited by Hatake Kakashi, 21 September 2013 - 04:31 AM.