Religion has many meanings and it can be difficult to agree upon an operational definition. A definition can involve: 1) religion is human involvement in what is considered the realm of the sacred; 2) It is expressed in thought, action, and social forms; 3) It is expressed in ritual; 4) It constitutes a total system of symbols with deep meanings; 5) It is a path of ultimate transformation. The practice of religion is a fundamentally human activity, leading scholars to questions why this should be so. One of the founders of anthropology, Sir Edward B. Tylor argued that religion originated in animism, (from anima, “spirit”) from the experiences of ancient peoples in death and dreams. Then, Sir James Frazer collected a massive amount of data from ancient and indigenous cultures and argued that religion originated in magic. Later, Sigmund Freud argued from psychoanalysis that God is a projection of a father-figure growing out of the human need to feel secure and the feelings of love-hate-fear we feel. Karl Marx argued it exists as a means of social control and pacification.
Religions & Beliefs: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Bahá’í Faith, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Taoism (Daoism), Confucianism, Falun Gong, Shinto, Shugendo, Tenrikyo, Seicho-no-Ie, PL Kyodan (Church of Perfect Liberty), Aum Shinrikyo, Oomoto, Shinbutsu Shugo, Cao Dai, Cheondoism, Mandaeism, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Rastafari, Wicca, Neo-Paganism, Thelema, New Age, Unitarian Universalism, Satanism, Atheist, Agnostic, Heaven’s Gate (UFO Suicide Cult), Scientology.
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Webster's Dictionary 1828:
1. religion in its most comprehensive sense, includes a belief in the being and perfections of God, in the revelation of his will to man, in man's obligation to obey his commands, in a state of reward and punishment, and in man's accountableness to God; and also true godliness or piety of life, with the practice of all moral duties. It therefore comprehends theology, as a system of doctrines or principles, as well as practical piety; for the practice of moral duties without a belief in a divine lawgiver, and without reference to his will or commands, is not religion
"Every civil government is based upon some religion or philosophy of life. Education in a nation will propagate the religion of that nation. In America, the foundational religion was Christianity. And it was sown in the hearts of Americans through the home and private and public schools for centuries. Our liberty, growth, and prosperity was the result of a Biblical philosophy of life. Our continued freedom and success is dependent on our educating the youth of America in the principles of Christianity." Noah Webster ~ the guy who literally wrote the dictionary

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VERB; pure religion, and undefiled before god is this; to visit the fatherless and the widow in their affliction and to keep oneself unspotted from the world; humble charity. This is the definition of religion found in the Bible
She practices religion by feeding the fatherless children in China every week.
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The biggest lie in human history. It has been responsible for more deaths throughout human history than all other unnatural causes combined. For a thousand years the Church was a tyrannical dictatorship that used religion to control the uneducated masses. Free your minds and come into the 21st century
"Religion is the child of Ignorance and Fear"
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A sociological institution that's true purpose is to protect the family structure (by alienating homosexuals) through guilt, self-doubt and fear by spouting the dogma of a man-made God in order to increase the reproductive rate of pre-industrial or medieval civilizations, which in turn increases a species overall chance of survival.

Up until about two hundred years ago religion was needed in order to keep high birth rates and control the masses; however today, religion is used as a tool to make war, confuse and psychologically damage people and promote hatred towards diversity
Religion ruined my life and turned me against blacks, jews and gays.
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A cult that dosn't end with suicide.
Hey Timothy, wanna join my new cul-I mean religion?
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1) the source of most of the world's problems (ei-discrimination, holocaust, homophobia, terrorism, etc...)
2)a common belief by a large group of weak minded people in an imaginary being that helps them cope with the fact that their miserable lives will end eventually
3)hipocrasy (ei-virginity=priests raping little boys, all are equal=gays should burn)
4)islam, christianity, wicca, satanism, jewdism
5)cults and a form of brainwashing
1)I am Bin Laden, my koran tell me to kill people who believe in a false god, good bye
2)Sick person-mommy i dont want to die
Mother of person-it's ok u'll be with god
Doctor-dont lie to a dying person!! son, it sucks for you, ur goin 2 decay slowly in a casket 6 feet under ground
3)Pastor-all people are created equal and should be treated so, now who wants 2 go 2 the anti-gay protest and watch some child pornos later?? an maybe we'll shoot some jew on the way to the protest!!!
4)Muslim person-I am a muslim, that means i practice Islam.
Christain guy-o well, who cares? we're christian, we're better than the rest of the world so ur goin 2 hell
5)JESUS LOVES YOU, FOLLOW THE BIBLE, IT SHALL LEAD YOU TO SALVATION, now hand over $5 for the collection basket or your going to hell
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verb: an act or act(s) of humble charity, giving to someone in need, selfless acts of kindness.~adapted from the KJV of the Bible.
"pure religion, and undefiled before God, is this; to visit the fatherless and the widows in their affliction."
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