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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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014, the variations of the dependent variable of religious identity due to watching satellite programs.
Our conceptions of religious identity, both in academia and in the pew, are largely based on these older institutional models of identity and affiliation and reflect the same fears toward mixture and change as our colonial predecessors.
The survey found that fewer than half--45 percent--listed their religious identity on their Facebook prone, but the rate varied by religion itself.
Michele Hanson's monograph examines the nature of religious identity in a religiously mixed community, namely the German city of Augsburg during the four decades following the start of the Reformation movement.
The experiences of negotiating an Indian American and a concomitant religious identity for American born or raised women are narrated by Salma Kamal and Monoswita Saha in "I Am Muslim First" and "Red, Bulls and Tea: Cultural Hashing of a 1.
This over-emphasis on religious identity is due to the eagerness of people to escape economic and social woes," said Suheir Sanad, a sociologist at the National Centre for Social and Criminal Research in Cairo.
I know, as a Jew and as a rabbi, if we cannot provide sufficient reasons for Jews to maintain their religious identity, then it is we who are at fault -- not the countervailing ideas and popular trends, be they religious or secular.
But I think Sen (and Appiah, too) would find the replacement of religious identity with ethnic and racial identity, which is fostered with a heavy hand in various parts of the curricula common in American schools, just as limiting, binding students into one standard uniform when they might prefer to wear others, or none.
The photographs provide additional clues to the central questions of adolescence, acculturation, and religious identity and could be probed more deeply in this regard.
According to Gaillardetz, religious identity has always been an organic, living, emerging concept, and he hopes Catholics continue to embrace that.
McGinley explores the notions of sexual and religious identity and suggests that gay men include romantic and emotional sexual feelings in addition to specific acts as the basis for homosexuality.

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