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Any collective belief in some approach as "the way" to solve problems is, literally, a bringing together of individuals (re = again, ligio = bond, reverence, and religare = to bind).

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23 hours ago, The Librarian said:

Interesting. In both Arabic and Hebrew the words for religion are “din” and “dat”, which both mean “law”.

Religious leaders are basically judges.

By the way, the word “dat” is the origin of the word “data”.

Well the GB and Elders act as judges that's for sure, but they will suffer for it later. 
 

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On 9/19/2020 at 3:01 PM, The Librarian said:

Interesting. In both Arabic and Hebrew the words for religion are “din” and “dat”, which both mean “law”.

Not the usual Hebrew word for "law" but a late word borrowed from Persian, which is why they say it only shows up in Daniel and Esther (meaning law or custom). It did not come to mean ceremony/ritual until even later.

In MODERN Hebrew, not Biblical Hebrew, is it also used to describe someone who is religious.

On 9/19/2020 at 3:01 PM, The Librarian said:

By the way, the word “dat” is the origin of the word “data”.

From what I can tell, this is not the same word "dat" which is related to data/datum. That word "dat" is from the word "give" implying "thing" as it to "give a thing" or "any given thing." So "dat" it's really closer to the word "that" when "that" refers to a "thing."

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