Religion is the organised belief in a divine nature or being. It is a phenomenon that has documented in every society.[citation needed]

Religions consist of a set of beliefs and practices. Often religious law is created in an effort to legitimize, define, or codify regional practices. Once a religion is established, it begins to influence society. When theological trends develop in tandem with political or societal practices major conflict is potentially avoided. However, when these institutions begin to diverge, things can become chaotic.

With respect to social justice, religion has been used as a means of reinforcing beliefs and practices that are oppressive or toxic.

Notwithstanding, religion is not intrinsically opposed to social justice, progressivism, or free expression.

Major religions in terms of followers:[citation needed]

Each belief system has its own traditions in relation to social justice depending on its incarnation. For example, the Hindu belief system can be utilized to enforce a caste based society, whereas Christianity arguably does not provide the same scaffold.[citation needed]