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In so far as the Romans had a religion of their own, it was not based on any central belief, but on a mixture of fragmented rituals, taboos, superstitions, and traditions which they collected over the years from a number of sources.
To the Romans, religion was less a spiritual experience than a contractual relationship between mankind and the forces which were believed to control people's existence and well-being.
Christianity is often portrayed as the religion of the poor and the slaves.
www.roman-empire.net /religion/religion.html   (4894 words)

  Religion Quotes | Religion Quotations | Religion Sayings | Wisdom Quotes
Religion is the human response to being alive and having to die.
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world and the soul of soulless conditions.
Religion did not exist for the saving of souls but for the preservation and welfare of society, and in all that was necessary to this end every man had to take his part, or break with the domestic and political community to which he belonged.
www.wisdomquotes.com /cat_religion.html   (4141 words)

  Religion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Religion is a system of social coherence based on a common group of beliefs or attitudes concerning an object, person, unseen being, or system of thought considered to be supernatural, sacred, divine or highest truth, and the moral codes, practices, values, institutions, and rituals associated with such belief or system of thought.
Religion may be defined as the presence of a belief in the sacred or the holy.
Religion and philosophy meet in several areas, notably in the study of metaphysics and cosmology.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Religion   (4692 words)

 What is "religion"?
This is a curious definition because it does not require elements often associated with religion, such as deity, morality, worldview, etc. Also it requires that a person pursue their religion with enthusiasm.
Karl Marx: "Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions.
Many Native Americans believe that their spiritual beliefs and practices are not a religion in the normal sense of the term.
www.religioustolerance.org /rel_defn.htm   (2189 words)

religions is one of self-interest, the desire of happiness, it generally implies to some extent an affectionate as well as reverent attitude towards the deities that are the object of worship.
religion to the exercise of a particular faculty, or to identify it with ritual or with ethical conduct.
The Christian religion has allowed the use of statues and paintings to represent the Incarnate Son of God, the saints, and angels, and these images are a legitimate aid to devotion, since the honour that is given them is but relative, being directed through them to the beings they represent.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/12738a.htm   (9440 words)

 Religion - Wikiquote
All religions are cruel, all founded on blood; for all rest principally on the idea of sacrifice-that is, on the perpetual immolation of humanity to the insatiable vengeance of divinity.
In the matter of religion, people eagerly fasten their eyes on the difference between their own creed and yours; whilst the charm of the study is in finding the agreements and identities in all the religions of humanity.
We are engaged in a religion disguised as a complicated joke.
en.wikiquote.org /wiki/Religion   (3638 words)

 religion - Wiktionary
A system of beliefs that involves the existence of at least one of: a human soul or spirit, a deity or higher being, or self after the death of one’s body.
Generally speaking, systems of belief that do not involve the existence of one or more deities, such as Buddhism, can be considered a religion, though some people prefer a stricter definition that excludes the possibility of a non-theistic religion.
Others are in favor of a very general definition of religion: that any belief or system of beliefs is a religion or part of a religion, including science and atheism.
en.wiktionary.org /wiki/religion   (351 words)

 Wars of Religion
Although religion was certainly the basis for the conflict, it was much more than a confessional dispute.
Religion had formed the basis of the social consensus of Europe for a millenium.
This might seem irrelevant to matters of religion, but the sense of stress about making ends meet, increasing homelessness and poverty in the towns, a sense of anxiety about the future, and all the other things that go with this kind of economic pressure make for a fearful and hostile society looking for scapegoats.
www.lepg.org /wars.htm   (3850 words)

 The Epistemology of Religion
Contemporary epistemology of religion may conveniently be treated as a debate over whether evidentialism applies to the belief-component of religious faith, or whether we should instead adopt a more permissive epistemology.
Since the topic of this article is the epistemology of religion not general epistemology I shall simplify matters by assuming that what is being evaluated is something related to faith, namely individual religious beliefs, and that the way of evaluating religious beliefs is as justified or unjustified.
Their entanglement with commitment to a way of life and their emotional charge might help to explain the fact, if it is one, that those who take religion seriously, whether believers or not, do not in fact have a continuous range of degrees of confidence but operate instead with full belief or full disbelief.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/religion-epistemology   (3910 words)

 Ancient Egyptian Religion
Contrary to modern religion, it was impossible to act outside the religion, as the religion was the foundation for ideas and acts of all human beings.
The complexity refers to the fact that Egyptian religion never really was "a religion", but rather a universe of religions that often interacted, inspired each other, copied each other and often allowed one cult to dominate so that smaller cults disappeared or changed.
The religion we learn about from the written sources and the grand monuments was a cult where the people generally could not participate, beyond being audience to public ceremonies.
i-cias.com /e.o/egypt_rl.htm   (1120 words)

 Wesleyan University - Department of Religion
Religion departments, including those with Wesleyan's distinctive approach, are not in the business of making students religious.
In this context, the Wesleyan Religion department is deliberately interdisciplinary.
Our pioneering Introduction to Religion is no grand tour of world religions; it wrestles with what is religious about rituals, spirituality, sacred traditions, stories, and societies.
www.wesleyan.edu /religion   (406 words)

 Welcome to the Department of Religion
The study of religion explores one of the primary activities of humankind.
As an interdisciplinary academic discipline, the study of religion offers a rigorous, systematic, and dispassionate intellectual inquiry into various aspects of religious systems, their practitioners and outlooks, their goals and expressions.
The goal of the Department of Religion is to make available to students the broadest possible range of inquiry about this enormous field, which has impacted, and continues to impact, all aspects of human experience.
www.duke.edu /religion   (251 words)

 Major Religions Ranked by Size
From an academic, comparative religions viewpoint, there is no basis for "prescribing" whether it is better for a religion to be highly unified, cohesive, monolithic, and lacking in internal religious diversity, or whether it is better to be fragmented, schismatic, diverse, multifaceted and abounding in variations on the same theme.
When asked what religion they consider themselves to be a part of, many may name a religion that does not have them on their rolls.
As is true with all major religions, there are adherents within all branches of Islam who consider some of or all of the other branches heterodox or not actually part of their religion.
www.adherents.com /Religions_By_Adherents.html   (11821 words)

 David Hume -- Writings on Religion [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
The larger aim of his critique was to disentangle philosophy from religion and thus allow philosophy to pursue its ends without either rational over-extension or psychological corruption.
Challenged by voyagers' accounts of strange religions in the far corners of the world, some apologists argued further that Christianity was not just another religion.
Whence could the religion and laws of this people [i.e., the Jews] so far exceed those of the wisest Heathens, and come out at once, in their first infancy, thus perfect and entire; when all human systems are found to grow up by degrees, and to ripen, after many improvements; into perfection?
www.utm.edu /research/iep/h/humereli.htm   (4187 words)

 Department of Religion, Wake Forest University
The study of religion is a way of organizing academic inquiry into how human beings and human cultures express and experience their religious needs, beliefs and values.
Using cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approaches, religious studies investigates and interprets systems of religious belief, the history of religious traditions, the function of religion in society, and forms of religious expression such as ritual, symbols, sacred narrative, scripture, practices, theological and philosophical reflection.
Students of religion, whether adherents of a religion or of no religion, gain tools to understand, compare and engage the phenomenon of religion and its role in human life and culture.
www.wfu.edu /academics/religion   (232 words)

 Category:Religion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
If an article exists in both this category and a relevant subcategory, or it simply does not belong, remove its category marker.
The main article for this category is Religion.
There are 30 subcategories shown below (more may be shown on subsequent pages).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Category:Religion   (132 words)

 Religion and the Founding of the American Republic (Library of Congress Exhibition)
Religion and the Congress of the Confederation, 1774-89
That the religious intensity of the original settlers would diminish to some extent over time was perhaps to be expected, but new waves of eighteenth century immigrants brought their own religious fervor across the Atlantic and the nation’s first major religious revival in the middle of the eighteenth century injected new vigor into American religion.
The efforts of the Founders of the American nation to define the role of religious faith in public life and the degree to which it could be supported by public officials that was not inconsistent with the revolutionary imperatives of the equality and freedom of all citizens is the central question which this exhibition explores.
lcweb.loc.gov /exhibits/religion   (216 words)

 Religion Quotes - The Quotations Page
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
It is a fine thing to establish one's own religion in one's heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals.
www.quotationspage.com /subjects/religion   (657 words)

 webindia123.com-religion in india- religion of India
India, the land of spirituality and philosophy considers religion as an integral part of its entire tradition.
The worship of various religions and its rituals play a significant role in every aspect of human life in the country.
It is also the birthplace of one of the oldest religions of the world, Zoroastrianism, and home to an ancient religion, Jainism.
www.webindia123.com /religion/index.htm   (85 words)

 Newsvine - religion
Efforts to remove religion's influence from the public square will fail, in large part because faith plays such a major role in most Americans' lives, the recently appointed Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington said.
Bulgarian criminologists to be trained by FBI for recognition of the symbolism of satanist religion motivated crimes.
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 World Religions Religion Statistics Geography Church Statistics
Snapshots of Religion in: Oregon, Vermont, Southern California and Australia
Some sociologists define religion as a belief system shared by a group of individuals.
The database has thousands of broad classifications, religions, branches, individual churches, etc., and most people fit under multiple labels, but no individual can be completely categorized by any of these labels.
www.adherents.com   (1112 words)

 RELIGIONS - Catholic Religion, True Religion, Greek Religion - Shopping, Services and Information at RELIGIONSIWORLD.COM
Religion is a system of social coherence based on a common group of beliefs or attitudes concerning an object, person, unseen being, or system of thought considered to be supernatural, sacred, divine or highest truth, and the moral codes, practices, values, institutions, traditions, and rituals associated with such belief or system of thought.
"Organized religion" generally refers to an organization of people supporting the exercise of some religion with a prescribed set of beliefs, often taking the form of a legal entity (see religion-supporting organization).
The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism by Franz Cumont
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