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The complete opposite of true spirituality.
Religion divides people, spirituality unites them.
by J. Malik December 30, 2005
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A politically correct label for an organized group where people believe in some supernatural occurrences controlled by a supernatural being. Often is used for political gain and profit. Draws boundaries to all understanding.
Freedom of religion exists, but if you want to be president of the U.S.A., you'll be favored to win over almost anyone if you're Protestant.
by Ze March 12, 2005
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Most cults through out history failed, those which succeeded and reached political power became a "religion".
All their representatives messed up history to their own advantage to be rememebred in a certain way, then again they are needed to preserve a form of hierarchy in society to prevent chaos and give people with weak self esteem some sort of comfort to questions such as "what is my goal in life" or "where do we go after we die". All promise heaven, or something like it, since humans are so greedy and need something in return to behave the way each cult/religion asks. The simplest reason of all, people feel lost and need a guide, and since few have a certain degree of self control and self discipline they actualy need a Book to differ/tell what is right from wrong.
Judaism's Kingdom of David, Islamic Empire, Christian Holy Roman Empire, Buddhist advisors to Chinese Emperors, Shinto Samurais ruling Japanese territories, just keep looking around you All their representatives messed up history to their own advantage
by Doodeh May 04, 2005
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A bunch of man made rules telling people how to get to heaven.
Jesus has nothing to do with religion.
by Spanky November 14, 2004
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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.
by Dancing with Fire March 16, 2011
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I don't agree with anything else (i.e. communist philosophy) that Marx said, but I agree with him on this one.
by RyanTheMan August 11, 2004
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From an anthropological perspective religion is the personification of natural forces in order to allow a means of understanding and making sense of them. These personified forces, known as mythologies or "Gods", take an interest in "human" affairs. It has historically been extremely important in allowing socieites to deal with uncertainty, creating meaning for death, suffering, etc., and has helped to create communities.
Examples of religion can range & vary between small trible beliefs found around the world to large structured institutions such as Christianity.
by Samurai September 27, 2004
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