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get religion

Fig. to become serious (about something), usually after a powerful experience. (Sometimes literal.) When I had an automobile accident, I really got religion. Now I'm a very safe driver.
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somebody gets religion

someone's behavior suddenly changes because of a better understanding of something After the attacks, the administration suddenly got religion about tracking down terrorists' bank accounts.
Usage notes: usually said to show you think someone should have changed their behavior sooner
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of get religion (to suddenly become very religious)
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get religion

 
1. (humorous) to become very religious He suddenly got religion when he went to college.
2. (American humorous) to start doing something in a serious and careful way I get religion each time I do my income tax - I always wonder why I didn't keep better records.
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get religion

Be converted; also, decide to behave in an upright, ethical way. For example, After the children were born, John got religion and joined the church, or After years of total selfishness, she suddenly got religion and is doing all kinds of volunteer work . [Second half of 1700s]
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get religion

Informal
1. To become religious or devout.
2. To resolve to end one's immoral behavior.
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References in classic literature ?
Bring, we should add, the Great Possibility at least within the lines of your plan--your plan of action or production; of morality; especially of your conceptions of religion.
If there has been so much fighting about religion," said Genestas, "God must have built up the system very perfunctorily.
The Catholic religion, better than any other, resolves men's doubts and fears; but even were it otherwise, I might ask you if you run any risks by believing in its truths.
He told them he doubted they were but indifferent Christians themselves; that they had but little knowledge of God or of His ways, and, therefore, he could not expect that they had said much to their wives on that head yet; but that unless they would promise him to use their endeavours with their wives to persuade them to become Christians, and would, as well as they could, instruct them in the knowledge and belief of God that made them, and to worship Jesus Christ that redeemed them, he could not marry them; for he would have no hand in joining Christians with savages, nor was it consistent with the principles of the Christian religion, and was, indeed, expressly forbidden in God's law.
Why, sir; 'tis enough to give them a surfeit of religion at first hearing; folks must have some religion themselves before they begin to teach other people.
I perceived they were all stupidly ignorant as to matters of religion, as much as I was when I went rambling away from my father; yet there were none of them backward to hear what had been said; and all of them seriously promised that they would talk with their wives about it, and do their endeavours to persuade them to turn Christians.
The clergyman smiled upon me when I reported what answer they gave, but said nothing a good while; but at last, shaking his head, "We that are Christ's servants," says he, "can go no further than to exhort and instruct: and when men comply, submit to the reproof, and promise what we ask, 'tis all we can do; we are bound to accept their good words; but believe me, sir," said he, "whatever you may have known of the life of that man you call Will Atkin's, I believe he is the only sincere convert among them: I will not despair of the rest; but that man is apparently struck with the sense of his past life, and I doubt not, when he comes to talk of religion to his wife, he will talk himself effectually into it: for attempting to teach others is sometimes the best way of teaching ourselves.
After this, my clergyman, waiting a while, was curious to know where Atkins was gone, and turning to me, said, "I entreat you, sir, let us walk out of your labyrinth here and look; I daresay we shall find this poor man somewhere or other talking seriously to his wife, and teaching her already something of religion.
But can this formulation survive the continuing scrutiny of religion by science?
God is not mentioned, and the only reference to religion is a ban on providing religious tests for holding office.
Within the context of post-modernism, however, separation of Church and state has come to mean the "separation of state and religion" and that the state cannot impose the moral conclusions even of Divinely Revealed religion, for example, on the citizens at large (e.
Glenn writes: "The effect of Supreme Court decisions over the past forty years was to treat religion as the only forbidden motivation for school choice.
A key issue in the debate is whether intelligent design is based on religion and whether teaching it violates the First Amendment's prohibition of a government establishment of religion.
Like science fiction, most of religion is concerned about small immediate things, with the 'big picture' stuff in the background," Consolmagno says.
Freedom From Religion Foundation, but the justices won't be deliberating the constitutionality of the faith-based initiative.