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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.

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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Humeira Iqtidar suggests that yes, Islamists wish to inscribe religion onto the state but by virtue of this imposition, will be converting the sacred (agenda of religiousity) into a secular entity (state politics), rather than the other way around.
Only Ireland, Malta, Cyprus, Romania, Greece, and Portugal come close to Polish religiousity. Meanwhile, Scandinavia, the Baltic States, and the Netherlands lie at the other end of the spectrum.
In that none of them have really examined enough students to establish a differential impact of African American religiousity, particularly fundamentalism on the choice of specific science careers.
While there are a number of research programs that seem to affirm the general prediction of religiousity and prosociality, especially when using standard self-report measures, there are many counter-indications, or at least findings implying "an intriguing discrepancy" between the ideals (meaning-system constructs) and observable prosocial behavior of religious persons (see Saroglou, 2006 for a brief review).
(26) While this would mark a change in focus of social policy in the black church, the faith-based initiative aligns with recent opinion polls, showing high religiousity among black Americans who believe that religion should play a greater role in social policy and politics.
Subramanian's analysis, however, shows that Southern politicians, in particular former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt, view the high degree of religiousity of the South's Hindu Indian population as making that immigrant population compatible with "Southerness." Her analysis suggests, interestingly, that members of North Carolina's Hindu population are more religious in the American South than they had been in India.
It is not our place to judge those who lived through the nightmarish Third Reich, but we can try to understand the influences that compromised the religiousity of these German Protestants.
Religiousity motivated Kiekegaard's critique of this coherent, rational subject, as he found belief offensive to reason.
Jennings rehearsed the all-too common calumny that the Catholic Church is illegitimate because grounded in Saint Paul's egoistic subversion of an offbeat Jewish cult rooted in the teachings of an obscure aesthete (Christ) and his "brothers." The New Republic not only blasted Gibson's film, but also devoted the better part of an issue to praising atheism as an answer to the supposed intolerance of religiousity.
Much of conservative religiousity in the United States believes that these social issues may be overblown.
Frequency of Responses by Age/Relationship of Terminal Loved One Infant Spouse Elder Parent n = 32 n = 34 n = 28 Chance of survival 61% 38% 63% Quality of life 71% 53% 78% Pain/comfort 57% 56% 69% Family relationships 32% 53% 78% Cost 21% 21% 13% Religiousity 18% 9% 9% Table 5.