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bible
collection of writings for the Christian faith comprised of the Old and New Testaments
Charismatic figures
people who inspire belief, trust, and emotion and who often give leadership to movements
Community of believers
group or congregation of people sharing the common aspects of religion and belief
conservative believers
people who are less receptive to adaptation and change in their religious belief
convert
to adopt a new religion or religious system
diety
being, entity, or god thought to be devine
devine
having the characteristics of a god, such as omnipotence and omniscience
doctrines
formal statements that are accepted as truth and that become the teachings of a religion or religious group
eastern religions
religions originating in Asia, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto
Eshatology
study of last things, such as the end of the world or the end of a religious epoch
ethics
set of values defining right from wrong
exclusive religions
religions which are less open or entirely closed to ideas from other philosophies
fundamentalism
movement within a religion that maintains a strong resistance to change and an adherence to a primary set of principles or beliefs
Heaven
spiritual realm of eternal reward in many religions
holy
quality of reverence; devine, sacred, consecrated or godly
inclusive religions
religions which are receptive to adaptation of beliefs, doctrines, or deities of other philosophies or religions
indigenous
born of, or native to, a land or region
indigenous religion
religion originating in a particular geographical area or region
liberal believers
people who are more receptive to adaptation and change in their religious believ
liturgical worship
worship that follows a prescribed set of rites and rituals, according to traditions
magic
use or words or gestures to control supernatural forces for intervention with the sacred, the holy, or spirits
missionary
person who is sent to attempt to convert others to a religion, doctrine, or way of life
morality
goodness or rightness based on cultural, social, and religius traditions and standards
mysticism
direct experience with the divine, holy, or god, outside the structure and organization of religion
omnipotence
state of having unlimited power
omniscience
state of having unlimited knowledge
pagan
often used to mean heathen, irreligious, or non-Christian in connection with ancient religions
profane
non-religions part of the human experience
prophet
one who speaks for and/or is a messenger of a god
proselytize
to attempt to convert people to a religion, sect, way of believing, or system of belief
religion
part of the human experience that has to do with a god or gods, a higher power, or the ultimate values of life
religious ecstacy
extreme joy or elevated senses attained through religious experience
religious icon
work of art or other depiction which represents aspects of the scred
religious myth
story about the sacred, providing foundational patterns of living for its believers
religious symbol
words, objects, acts, or events which evoke awareness and experience of the sacred or devine
ritual
symbolic acts, verbal expressions, or ceremonies in religious practice
sacred
believed or declared to be connected to the divine or holy
sacred places
any geographical location that serves as an anchor or reference point for belief
sage
person venerated for wisdom, judgement, and experience
salvation
deliverance from suffering, evil, death, or eternal punishment; redemption from sin and the consequences of sin
Shaman
person in an indigenous religion who normally has gone through initiation and training to function as a spiritual specialist
soul
spiritual, immortal part of humans seperable from the body at death
superstition
belief or act resulting from the fear of the unknown, a false sense of causation and ignorance
syncretism
fusin of different philosophies or religions
taboo
primarily social prohibition or ban against forbidden behaviors, language, or even thoughts
theology
rational and systematic study of god, gods, or religion and the influence of the sacred
trditions
rites, beliefs, and values handed down from one generation to the next
transcendental
spiritual state that goes beyond the physical world of reality and cannot be attained through reason
western religions
religions originating in the Middle East and other area outside of Asia, including Judiasm, Christianity, Islam, and New Religons
world religion
term first used in the nineteenth century to refer to a religion whose many followers extend beyond national borders
worship
religious homage or reverence to a diety, saint, or sacred object