As an atheist, his antireligious tract, God Is Not Great, is elegant but derivative.
And this purpose was a religious one—that of counteracting the antireligious developments of Science.
Not even visits from Uncle Ingemar could make him change his antireligious ways.
And as antireligious as they both were, they came to church and ordered a church service for Brightman.
c.1200, "devout, pious, imbued with or expressive of religious devotion," from Anglo-French religius, Old French religious (12c., Modern French religieux) and directly from Latin religiosus, from religio (see religion). Meaning "pertaining to religion" is from 1530s. Transferred sense of "scrupulous, exact" is recorded from 1590s. Related: Religiousness.