Lived religion refers to an understanding of religion that prioritizes practices, rituals, and performances. In her defining book on this, Lived Religion, Meredith McGuire argues that academic thinking about religion has been unduly influenced by priests and theologians who emphasize belief and doctrine. In contrast, for practitioners of religions, practices, rituals, and relationships are much more important, with belief of only secondary significance. Many books about particular religions often focus on the beliefs and stories of sacred texts. This reflects the influence of the theologians and priests of textually based religions such as Christianity. However, many religions could be described as religions of practice, where the emphasis is on ritual, tradition, and relationships and in which sacred texts play a minimal role.

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