Definition of Religion and Belief Definition of Religion and Belief

The definition, under the law, for a religion or belief to be protected was established by a case called Nicholson vs Grainger plc.

Mr Nicholson pictured after the case.

Religion: must have a clear structure and a belief system

Philosophical belief: must be:

  • Genuinely held
  • Not simply an opinion or viewpoint
  • Based on information currently available
  • Concern a weighty and substantial aspect of human life and behaviour      
  • Attain a certain level of cogency, seriousness, cohesion and importance
  • Be worthy of respect in a democratic society
  • Be compatible with human dignity and not in conflict with the fundamental right of others