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A term which, in the UK, is defined as an organised belief system concerning the sacred and/or divine, which is based on the moral codes, cultures and subcultures, practices and institutions associated with such a belief system.


An entity of wide human significance encompassing doctrinal, historical, literary, devotional, experiential, behavioural and transcendental elements. It is concerned with man's relationship to God, however perceived. Religion may be formalized in dogma or entirely free and individual. It may be a matter of indifference or of the most central importance. Its influence on health may be beneficial, negligible or malign. Religion has been one of the major causes of human suffering and a source of immense consolation to millions. It has brought out the direst cruelty and the most benevolent and altruistic conduct. By their nature, religious beliefs cannot be validated in the manner of scientific facts and must always be matters of faith and unsupported belief. Doctors have a duty to respect the religious beliefs of their patients.


n the outward and often social articulation of belief in higher powers, often practiced in a community setting; may include attendance of public worship and participation in the rituals particular to the faith tradition being embraced.

Patient discussion about religion

Q. Is Christian religion dangerous to your mental health? I think manic episodes can be somewhat akin to religious experiences. Perhaps searching for God can lead to either mania or depression. Maybe we are searching for an impossible dream.

A. I would say that in our life, the balance factor is important. everything that is over-rated will not be good anymore. example :
- if you're too obese, you have higher risk of having some metabolic problems; but if you're doing your strict diet too strong, then you can risk yourself of lacking some nutrition
- you are lazy enough to do some sports, you can't have your muscles built. you push yourself too hard in workout session, there's a risk of sport injury

and i will say the same in religion related to mental health. we need to be healthy not just physically, but also mentally, and spiritually. the problem is, some 'fanatic' believers -because the religion itself always teaches us how to live our life well- are exaggerating some beliefs inside the religion verses, and live it outrageously, and later it will manifest in some manic manifestation.

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16) If classifications based on religion are suspect under the Equal Protection and Free Exercise Clauses, why, one wonders, should they escape strict judicial scrutiny in Establishment Clause cases?
Adoption of an analytically sequenced, tiered-scrutiny approach would also invite a rationalizing reconceptualization of the relationship among some prominent subcategories within Establishment Clause doctrine that now appear more dissonant than harmonious.
The second avenue for standing in an Establishment Clause case is known as the Flast rule [Flast v.
The Seventh Circuit did not directly refute the merits of the lower court's ruling that the parsonage allowance violated the Establishment Clause, and it actually provided a narrow road map of how a constitutional challenge to the parsonage allowance could satisfy the standing requirements--challenging parties need only to exhaust their administrative remedies with the IRS to show an injury and achieve standing.
The same thing was true in Hosanna-Tabor, where the Court said that the Establishment Clause did not just allow the ministerial exception but required it.
27) Few think that exemption violates the Establishment Clause, though it too creates precisely the same burden on third parties.
The Roberts Court's denials of certiorari in Establishment Clause cases are instructive as well.
Whether celebrated as a proper integration of political and moral reasoning into constitutional judging, shrugged off as mere realism about judges being motivated to promote their political attitudes, or deprecated as a troubling departure from the aspirational ideal of neutral and impartial judging, the powerful role of political factors in Establishment Clause decisions appears undeniable and substantial.
12) It also stressed that the worship service ban was reasonable in light of the potential Establishment Clause problems posed by permitting worship services on school property.
The Court would bring the Establishment Clause to its completion; it would write the final chapter of disestablishment.
The earliest commentary on the establishment clause assumed that it constitutionalised a settled political principle of non-discrimination and moral pluralism in the treatment of religious groups in Australian colonial polities - albeit a principle that was shared with other parts of the Empire.
The Establishment Clause, as commonly referenced, (26) is actually part of the Religion Clause which is a section of the First Amendment.