Well, I consider anything post 500AD modern times.

Well, I consider anything post 500AD modern times.
While it’s nice that:
c. 1200, “state of life bound by monastic vows,” also “conduct indicating a belief in a divine power,” from Anglo-French religiun (11c.),

relates well to our current understanding,

religare – to bind LATIN
religio – obligation, bond, reverence LATIN

are more general.

Example: reverence for the Scientific method is “religio”. Obligation / bond / bind – would be people who work within the Sciences and are ethnically bound to follow the precepts.

ie: Religion.

The current form didn’t seem to start getting used ’til around 11c AD – definitely modern times. Christiandom had already been around 1000 years by then: a VERY long time indeed.

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