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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.
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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.
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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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In Chapters one and two, Lester explores the configuration of the women's religious movement in Champagne in its pre-institutionalized phase.
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Sprinkled among timeless lessons from the likes of Habakkuk and Amos are stories from Wallis's time on the front lines of poverty-for 30 years, he has lived in one of Washington, D.C.'s most violent neighborhoods--and from his travels around the country to build a vibrant progressive religious movement, as well as his frustrating encounters with political establishments on the right and the left.
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She herself cites an important letter to Georg Spalatin written in 1514 in which Luther, long before he ever dreamed of leading a religious movement, expressed his own solidarity with Reuchlin's humanist work and successfully urged the government of Electoral Saxony to back the scholar against his antagonists.
Muhammad leads a religious movement that worships Allah and no other deity (god).
I AM not a member of any organised religion and as such don't hold a torch for any religious movement or religious cult.
Star TV's pitch was doubtless enhanced when Murdoch's son, James, openly criticized the Falun Gong, an outlawed religious movement that has been brutally suppressed by Beijing.
How else could it understand a religious movement that accepted Jesus as a great prophet and messiah born of the Virgin Mary, but that also vehemently denied his divinity as well as the reality of his Crucifixion?
Despite its open-minded, modern approach to law enforcement, however, nothing prepared the department for the challenge it faced when the Chen Tao religious movement came to town.
The founder of the religious movement Christian Science, Eddy published Science and Health (1875) as an exposition of her ideas and as the official statement of the organization she headed.
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