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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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While IRF works exclusively on freedom of religion, RGA focuses on the role of religious communities and dynamics in a broad range of foreign policy issues and coordinates with the Centers for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in other federal agencies.
In the relationship between the religious communities and the Communist Party in Montenegro after the Second World War, a clear ambition of the Party was to move the religious communities on the margins of society.
Since the Paris decision of 1976, (7) freedom to manifest one's religion has entered the catalogue of fundamental rights elaborated in EU case law (8) and the Court of Justice has made a significant number of decisions on matters of relevance for religions and religious communities, dealing with issues like the weekly day of rest, freedom of movement, employment, etc.
The head of the Furkan Foundation recently made a very harsh statement, noting that all religious communities -- including its own -- are under extreme pressure and that their activities are being hindered.
Bielefeldt pointed out that, registering religious communities leads to legal insecurity.
The leaders added: "The reality of same-sex relationships has, understandably, caused more difficulty to religious communities.
Nevertheless, Byrnes does a strong job of demonstrating that these religious communities, because of their simultaneous ties to Latin America and to the United States and because of their specific religious charisms, were surprisingly effective in their attempts to sway public opinion and government policy.
Many religious communities are rapidly gaining this same bi-lingual skill.
Medieval people believed firmly that their ultimate salvation would be aided by the intercessions of religious communities.
collaborations of religious communities with each other, and with
She said the government included the religious communities in the "Democratic Initiative" adding that she would meet with representatives of religious communities in the afternoon.
The double standards of the government to the religious communities in Macedonian are perilous for the coexistence.