As I read through the responses to this question I can’t help but wonder if the answer is “at least some of the time.”
That’s not to say that every religious institution is religiously-based.
If anything, I think this is something that the more inclusive definitions of “religious” and “church” tend to get into the mix, so that there’s more room for the occasional religious institution to claim that it is indeed a religious organization.
However, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be used to define a religious entity as such.
So, for example, if you have a temple, you might say that the temple is a religious body, but if you’re not sure, you can say that it’s just a church.
Or, if your church has a membership, you could say that its membership is a group of religious people, but that it doesn’t have the power to decide who gets to participate in its activities.
These are just some examples.
For more on this, check out our guide to defining religious entities, which includes definitions of religious entities as “religious organizations.”
This article originally appeared on Axios.