In American culture, perhaps because of its historic domination by Protestant Christianity and Protestantism’s intense emphasis on scripture, religion is generally taken to refer to a system of belief. But in many religions, including Catholic and Orthodox Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, what you do is at least as important as what you believe when it comes to defining religion: hence the idiom “practicing your religion.”
Practice has become more prominent in theological reflection in recent years, perhaps prompted by the various streams of emergent Christianity that find inspiration, beauty, and spiritual nourishment in a variety of practices taken eclectically from the two thousand year history of the church. But what is a practice, exactly?
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