Today we associate the word religion with ‘belief system’ or ‘religious organizations’. In fact we unobtrusively picture Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jain etc. worldviews as soon as we hear the word. Yet its true meaning is far different and simpler than that.
So what does Religion actually mean?
The word religion comes from the latin religiō which means conscientiousness, sanctity, reverence, scrupulousness. Thus you don’t have to be following a belief system to be religious.
There is a tendency these days to consider science and religion as if they are opposites when in fact,
Science can be your religion. Sounds contradictory, but it’s not!
Let us not corrupt the use of this word.
Acharya S. http://freethoughtnation.com/please-respect-my-religion/
Religion Etymology http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/religion#Etymology