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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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The Council started to function having representatives from the five major religious communities listed in the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia the Macedonian Orthodox Church, the Islamic Religious Community, the Catholic Church, the Evangelical-Methodist Church and the Jewish community.
A synopsis of this type of exchange could then be disseminated throughout the religious community, allowing each congregation a chance to help while using that congregation's own particular resources.
Accordingly, successful institutions such as the nation-state, family, or religious community, evoke passions of nurturing, loyalty, and self-protection.
My uneasiness with his use of the family metaphor for the religious community is not based on this obvious systemic commonality but on the consequences for the congregation's vision of service to the world if it thinks about itself primarily as "family.
Responses to a variety of questions about religious beliefs and practices allowed the analysts to construct the following variables: personal devotion (reflecting how often a woman prays and the importance she attaches to religion), personal conservatism (measuring whether she considers her religion's scriptures divine and free of mistakes, and thinks of herself as a born-again Christian), participation in a religious community (as determined by frequency of attendance at religious services and other activities sponsored by a place of worship) and institutional conservatism (the relative fundamentalism of an individual's religion, as measured on a standard, validated scale).
Lost in the deserts, they are some of the oldest religious foundation in the world, and St Antony's under a barren yellow cliff in the east of the country is the most venerable of them -- perhaps the most ancient religious community in the world.
The book contains much that will be of relevance as the debate about the proper role of the religious community in social welfare evolves.
Michael's Church and a congregational leader of his religious community in the Diocese of Wellington, New Zealand.
Karen Zielinski, a Franciscan sister, is a birdwatcher, jazz fan, and a publicist for her religious community.
The religious community of Israel was divided over theological implications of the modern state: the ultra-Orthodox (Haredim) viewed as heretical the establishment of a Jewish state before the coming of the Messiah (although this did not preclude their acceptance of state funds for their institutions); the modern Orthodox interpreted the founding of the state of Israel as a stage in God's promised redemption of the Jews from exile.
But while the religious right has tried to portray abortion rights as antithetical to Christian beliefs, Fadiman says she sought clergy from different faiths to demonstrate that there was - and still is - broad support in the religious community for choice.
All interviews were conducted on a basis of confidentiality by individuals from the same religious community as the respondents.