posted on Sep, 22 2010 @ 02:22 AM
Religion is the belief in and worship of a god or gods, or a set of beliefs concerning the origin and purpose of the universe. It is commonly
regarded as consisting of a person’s relation to God or to gods or spirits. Many religions have narratives, symbols, traditions and sacred
histories associated with their deity or deities, that are intended to give meaning to life. They tend to derive morality, ethics, religious laws or a
preferred lifestyle from their ideas about the cosmos and human nature.
The word religion is sometimes used interchangeably with faith or belief system, but it is more than private belief and has a public aspect. Most
religions have organised behaviors, congregations for prayer, priestly hierarchies, holy places and scriptures.
Academics studying the subject have defined religion into three broad categories: world religions, a term which refers to transcultural, international
faiths, indigenous religions, which refers to smaller, culture-specific religious groups, and new religious movements, which refers to recently
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