RE ATAR Unit 1: the concept of religion and being religious

The Search for Meaning

  1. People search for and find meaning in life in many different ways. In response to the search for meaning, many people find answers in religion and choose to follow a particular religious way of life. How a person interacts with religion is shaped by the context of their life, both social and personal. There are many examples of people who illustrate the role religion plays in a person’s search for meaning in life.


 In general, it includes a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, and it typically involves a search for meaning in life. As such, it is a universal human experience—something that touches us all.


"For the purpose of law, the criteria of religion are twofold: first, belief in a Supernatural Being, thing or Principle; and the second, the acceptance of canons of conduct in order to give effect to that belief, though canons of conduct which offend against the ordinary laws are outside of any immunity, privilege or right conferred on the grounds of religion." Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1996


"A religion is regarded as a set of beliefs and practices, usually involving acknowledgement of a divine or higher power, by which people order the conduct of their lives both practically and in a moral sense." Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1996

Catholic Church

The Difference between Religion & Spirituality