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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.
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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.
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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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Two major findings apparent in Gallup's confidence in the church and organized religion trend are, first, the long-term decline in Americans' confidence in this societal institution since 1973, and second, the suppressed confidence among Catholics relative to Protestants starting in 1981, and becoming more pronounced by 2002.
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7-9 Gallup poll finds 58% of Americans satisfied with the influence of organized religion, similar to views in 2003 through 2008, but slightly less than in 2001 and 2002.
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Isolated for three years in what he described as "the middle of the forest," Danielsen now freely expresses his displeasure with organized religion and the effect it has on people like his parents: I'm definitely against all organized religion just because, when you really look at it, organized religion has caused most of the death in the history of this planet.
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We each grew up in an atmosphere of naturalistic thinking where organized religion was seen as a convenient out from cooperative human responsibility for facing and dealing with the real problems confronting the human family.
Americans' confidence in organized religion declined significantly as well; 45 percent of Americans had `a great deal' or `quite a lot' of confidence in organized religion in 2002, versus 60 percent in 2001."
It usually means at least this: a distancing from organized religion and an unwillingness to clearly identify with a distinct religious tradition, while at the same time an openness to transcendence, spirituality, and deep and profound meanings and values.
They are certainly not an approval of the more strident, intolerant, and evangelical forms of organized religion. Although there have been periods in history when religious institutions have been open to each other's culture, claims of unique knowledge of God, intolerance (especially toward unbelievers or infidels), and often repression in the name of creedal loyalty are bound up in the traditions of all the major world religions (with the possible exception of Buddhism).
Only 45 percent of Americans have a "great deal or quite a lot" of confidence in the church or organized religion. That's down from 60 percent last year, and the lowest since Gallup started collecting the data in 1973.
The resulting attitudes, pronouncements, and actions on the part of both laity and clergy have a persistent and undeniable subconscious appeal to many because they offer ideas and examples that are clear and concise when many American Catholics are struggling with a moral and spiritual murkiness as to what Roman Catholicism and organized religion in general are really about.

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