We English-speakers paste the term “religion” over any situation that strikes us as legalistic, hidebound, judgmental.
The church must find a way to stand united with its spiritual fathers, as surely as it must find a way to speak to the world that does not condone the world’s own failings.
“Religion” provides an important test case for this matter. In the fourth century, Augustine affirmed the Latin term religio by underscoring its etymology—re ligare, “to join again.” Religion, properly understood, brings wholeness. If any faith deserves the name “religion,” it is Christianity.