A review of Daniel Dennett’s The Belief Trap on Slate. http://www.slate.com/id/2137743/
The article discusses a few key ideas regarding religion: the definition of religion and a boundary between science (or pure reason) and religion (or morality) as a part of the ‘intellectual protocol’ that has existed since the 18th century.
The definition of religion is a concept many students would fumble on if they were to attempt an essay question on this topic. The critique of Dennett’s definition of religion:
social systems whose participants avow belief in a supernatural agent or agents whose approval is to be sought
takes up a large part of the article and makes it quite clear how difficult it is to define the concept.