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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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aaMinistering from the Book of Mark 5:25-34, in a message entitled: 'Faith: The Key to Receiving,' the clergy cited the case of a woman who had suffered the issue of blood for 12 years, but who only got her miracle after acting out in faith.
Calderdale has become one of the first local authorities in the country to adopt a Faith Covenant.
Yet, we believe, it is only by faith that our relationship with God will be healed and we will be made whole.
James had probably encountered Christians whose idea of faith did not include acts of love based on faith.
Yet some, I know, would argue, That in true faith they do believe, 'Tis not thine place to question, But meekly to receive.
Clark also reminds readers that the epistles, treasured as scripture, were originally addressed to specific local faith communities, not the church universal.
In January of 2002, a federal court, responding to a Foundation lawsuit, struck down tax funding of a fundamentalist social-service agency in Milwaukee called Faith Works.
When FAITH and ROSS travel to England, the RAF IS HOST FAITH and ROSS met FRED in STAFFORDSHIRE
But Mwanga did not count on Joseph proclaiming his faith for all to hear: "A Christian who gives his life for God is not afraid to die.
That ecumenical leaders were so crucial in helping to promote this secular faith is more than surprising.
There was a fundamentalist faith healer named Oral Roberts.