I have looked up all the meaning of the phrase in various dictionaries, but still cannot get what it means in the second sentence . Here it goes:

Religion is a social institution that involves a unified system of beliefs and practices and recognizes the sacred. But this is not a set-up between good and evil.

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    Please, always add the source if you didn't write it.
    – user3169
    Jan 9, 2018 at 23:06
  • Perhaps set-up: "9. to advance or propose (a theory, etc.)" I don't think the usage as a noun is appropriate without context, because we have no idea what the set-up might be. See "1. countable noun - A particular set-up is a particular system or way of organizing something."
    – user3169
    Jan 9, 2018 at 23:22

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In context, this likely means that religions are not created in order to fight for good and against evil. In certain cases, we can use, "Set-up" to describe the creation of a conflict between two people or powers (good and evil), or a trick that gets two powers to fight.

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