What is the difference between Religiosity and Religiousness?

Even after studying some literature I am still confused about the difference between religiosity and religiousness. Is it true that religiousness has something in common with spirituality? can anyone please comment?


John C Carr

I don’t think that there is any difference between the two words – either their denotation or their connotation.Religion can be an expression of spirituality – but spirituality is not necessarily expressed in “religious” ways.I understand religion to be ” a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.” (Oxford)

Bernard Wills 

Well ‘religiosity’ usually has a negative connotation…it implies an empty formal piety without inner inspiration

Ramazan Bicer 

Religiousness is a healthy thinker, not in practice, but in faith. Accordingly, a religious person has a strong belief. Peoples are religiousness, but rulers are religiosity.Religiousness is individual, but religiosity is in the public sphere, social.

Jacinto Jesús Rodríguez Pérez

In spanish, both words are translate by: “religiosidad” so, for me, is difficult to see any difference between them.

Bernard Wills 

Well in English there is a slight difference in connotation that may not exist in other languages…religiosity implies showy, ostentatious piety…like the Pharisee who wants everyone to see him praying…of course sometime ‘religiosity’ is used as a synonym for ‘religious’ by students for instance…they are straining for what they think is the more pretentious word….I usually cross it out when they do

Monica Sarai Ramirez 

As Jacinto Jesús Rodríguez Pérez Jacinto Jesús Rodríguez Pérez mentions, in Spanish we do not have this distinction, since they mean the same thing. But, according to the definition of Ramazan Bicer, I can understand that Religiousness is the term used to define a type of behavior or belief of a human being and religiosity when speaking of norms, laws, etc.I am right?

Faith Bays

This is a very interesting question with some interesting answers. According to Merriamwebster.com religiosity is a noun and it means religious feelings or devotion. The first known use for this word according to Merriam-Webster was in 1799 by Heather Havrilesky. This is what Heather said: “The whole notion of pushing your physical limits…has obtained a religiosity that’s as passionate as it is pervasive.” Merriam-Webster did not have anything to say about religiousness, so I asked google.com what is religiousness? Google says that religiousness is an adjective and it means that which is exhibiting religion; pious; devote; or godly. The Bible says in James 1:27: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless (orphans) and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world (refuse to let the world corrupt you)”. :)It would seem as if the Bible says, that religion is our duty. It is our holy acts.

Anuradha Iddagoda

This article will be useful for you.Iddagoda, Y.A. and Opatha, H.H.D.N.P., 2016. Religiosity: Towards A Conceptualization and An Operationalization. Sri Lankan Journal of Human Resource Management.

Karl Pfeifer 

Jumal Ahmad Some of the answers to this related question previously asked on RG might be useful to you:https://www.researchgate.net/post/what_is_the_difference_between_religiosity_and_spirituality

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Jumal Ahmad Ibnu Hanbal menyelesaikan pendidikan sarjana pada jurusan Pendidikan Agama Islam dan Magister Pengkajian Islam di SPS UIN Jakarta. Aktif di lembaga Islamic Character Development dan Aksi Peduli Bangsa.

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