Your comments on “absolutist belief systems” was very helpful to me. It seems that may be an important concept for me to be listening for as I work and minister to those patients I see who are in the hospital for a mental health crisis. I may not be equipped or have the time to dive into it very deep only because I often only have one visit before they move on to other treatment facilities, but I do believe this is an important framework to be listening with in.
You bring up the latin root of the word religion as to “re bind” was also helpful. It strikes me that so much of what was original meaning and intent has gotten lost in what we have made religion to be. It is helpful to remember to go back to the root.