...by the color of his skin or the _____ of his _____.

What words would go in the blanks to mean his religion, while still using of his in the phrase to maintain the flow?

God of his faith or substance of his creed are possible examples, although neither sits right with me.

Can someone suggest something a bit more articulate?

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  • Why did someone downvote this? – Mike Mar 28 '15 at 15:36
  • I didn't downvote, but I closevoted because I think the question is Too Broad. I could have gone for Primarily Opinion-based (or just "It's writing advice"), but I think there are relatively complex reasons why English doesn't tend to extend OP's specific idiomatically established construction to other "lifestyle of choice/accident of birth" contexts where the intention is to convey complete neutrality (to the fact of such differences existing at all, as well as the relative merits of different subsets within any particular classification category). – FumbleFingers Mar 28 '15 at 15:49
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    @FumbleFingers, in which case, no one should ever ask for synonyms -- because it's too broad. In which case, why is it a tag? In fact, why is "word-choice" even a tag? Most questions of "word-choice" should be closed if broadness of answers is your concern. – Mike Mar 28 '15 at 17:03
  • But you're not asking for a "synonym". You're asking for a pair of words that could be used to replicate the "racial" colour/skin construction using a "religious" faith/god word-pair. Everyone has skin (of one colour or another), so it's quite reasonable to say anyone''s particular skin colour is irrelevant. But not everyone has religious faith in the first place, and the vast majority of those that do obviously believe their God is "real, true" and that everyone else is wrong. And they're making a choice, not simply "born different". – FumbleFingers Mar 28 '15 at 18:56
  • What does that have to do with finding a phrase containing "of his" that signifies "religion"? It's the reason there's a tag "phrase-requests". – Mike Mar 28 '15 at 19:40

I love this kind of question. I get the poetic effect you're going for. I'll take a stab at it:

"...name of his deity."

"...direction of his prayers."

"...author of his holy book."

"...receiver of his worship."

"...words of his hymns."

"...aspect of his church."

"...nature of his religious beliefs."

"...sign of his prophet."

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  • Why did someone downvote this? Downvoting without explanation is really unconstructive. – Mike Mar 28 '15 at 15:36

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