I’ve had several conversations recently with friends and acquaintances about what religion is, and I’ve read a couple book manuscripts about it.
Those who are pro-religion tend to refer to religion as a root system. It’s like the bulb of a plant, and from that bulb grows our spirituality. Without roots, our faith is unhinged from anything. We become spiritual-but-not-religious, New Age syncretists.
But this isn’t religion. I think, instead, that God is the bulb, the roots. It is from God that our experiences of God grow.