chapter  12
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Religion is etiquette in the real world

Religion evolved in a relational and material world. e recent human experiment of hyperseparation may have misled interpreters of religion, but it has not entirely rerouted the trajectory of religioning. Not only within the many ways of resisting modernism, but also within the many ways of being modern, religions are perhaps most easily observed (seen, heard, smelled, tasted and touched) when people ritualize together. e bits of religion where people teach others are required because people need to be formed and reformed to relate in ways that are deemed locally appropriate. In such ways, persons are made, and so are communities. But these rituals and teaching practices should not be treated in isolation from everyday life. Just as life cannot be divided between secular and spiritual phases, religion is diused throughout everything people do. It is integral to everyday human encounters in a multispecies material, relational world.