I graduated from Dallas Baptist College in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts. My major was "Religion." That is what they called it back then! I have never liked that as my declared major because I don't think it was a true reflection of the many courses that were required. The term "religion" has many connotations and our text today in the book of Mark makes a distinction between religion as the Pharisees knew it and a relationship that God desires to have with us.
> The Pharisees placed 'Religion' over having a Right Heart (v. 1-2)
Ref: Matthew 23:27-28 and Psalm 51:15-17
> The Pharisees added Tradition to the Truth (v.3-5)
Ref: Exodus 30:17-21 - Biblical precept for priests before entering the Tabernacle to worship.
> The Lord rebuked them, not Reckoned them as Right (v.6-9)
Ref: Isaiah 29:13