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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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As long as the doctrines professed by a religious community and the behavior encouraged in its adherents remain within the legal limits, these doctrines and this behavior are protected by the principles of religious freedom and cannot be the reason for any form of discrimination.
Celik appreciated the efforts of Islamic Religious Community to protect the Ottoman mosques in Macedonia, adding that Turkey was interested in other Ottoman arts which needed repair too.
The round table meeting involved senior representatives of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, the Islamic Religious Community, the Catholic Church, the United Methodist Church and the Jewish Community in Macedonia.
Most pragmatic would be to visit with several physicians, see what kind of help they need, and tailor the response of the religious community to meet those needs.
Ownership of almost all churches and many mosques has been restored to the appropriate religious community, but that was not the case for most of the other properties.
The Mercury News, a Bay area daily, reported that Ghafur was found guilty of using $75,000 in state education funds to repay a loan to buy land for the Islamic religious community where the school resided and diverting $30,000 in public funds to a private company that the jury determined was later shifted to Ghafur's husband.
A law enforcement agency that does not have strong relationships with the religious community is basically exempting one of the great tools of public safety, and I just think public safety needs all the help it can get,'' Baca said Friday, his 64th birthday.
One topic was how to engage the religious community rather than chastise them," said Moline.
A member of the Congregation of Saint Martha of Prince Edward Island, a Roman Catholic religious community based in Charlottetown, she has taught high school and college and served as Vocation director for her community.
Ayah Pin, who founded this "Sky Kingdom," has spent the last two decades building a religious community around the teapot.
While the prophetic-critical strand of religion is most visible in certain figures and texts which give it expression, it should be clear that it also resides in the piety of ordinary members of the religious community.