organized religion


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Noun1.organized religion - an institution to express belief in a divine power; "he was raised in the Baptist religion"; "a member of his own faith contradicted him"
institution, establishment - an organization founded and united for a specific purpose
Christian church, church - one of the groups of Christians who have their own beliefs and forms of worship
Hebraism, Jewish religion, Judaism - Jews collectively who practice a religion based on the Torah and the Talmud
Hindooism, Hinduism - the religion of most people in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal
Taoism - religion adhering to the teaching of Lao-tzu
Buddhism - a religion represented by the many groups (especially in Asia) that profess various forms of the Buddhist doctrine and that venerate Buddha
Khalsa - the group of initiated Sikhs to which devout orthodox Sikhs are ritually admitted at puberty; founded by the tenth and last Guru in 1699
Church of Scientology, Scientology - a new religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard in 1955 and characterized by a belief in the power of a person's spirit to clear itself of past painful experiences through self-knowledge and spiritual fulfillment
Shinto - the native religion and former ethnic cult of Japan
established church - the church that is recognized as the official church of a nation
religious order, religious sect, sect - a subdivision of a larger religious group
cult - followers of an unorthodox, extremist, or false religion or sect who often live outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader
cult - followers of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices
canonize, saint, canonise - declare (a dead person) to be a saint; "After he was shown to have performed a miracle, the priest was canonized"
exorcise, exorcize - expel through adjuration or prayers; "exorcise evil spirits"
confirm - administer the rite of confirmation to; "the children were confirmed in their mother's faith"
covenant - enter into a covenant
redeem, save, deliver - save from sins
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clerics have likely played a role in Americans' growing skepticism about the church and organized religion, the decline in confidence does not necessarily indicate a decline in Americans' personal attachment to religion.
Almost three-quarters of Americans who haven't darkened the door of a church in the last six months think it is "full of hypocrites," and even more of them consider Christianity to be more about organized religion than about loving God and people, according to a new survey.
The existential reality is that many gays and lesbians simply avoid organized religion altogether.
Written especially for those growing disillusioned with organized religion, God Without Religion: Questioning Centuries Of Accepted Truths by Sankara Saranam (lecturer, poet, composer, former monk and the son of self-exiled Iraqi Jews) is a religious self-help guide to discovering God on one's own.
Turning organized religion into yet another money-seeking supplicant to the federal trough through political favoritism doesn't help those seeking clean government or spiritual growth."
In 1993 in Unknown Gods, he predicted a drop in attendance of 50 per cent among Anglicans alone by the year 2015 and forecast that Canadian society would soon have little patience for organized religion
The military continues to beat out organized religion as the institution in which Americans have the most confidence, according to a Gallup poll that has been conducted since the 1970s.
The entertainment media go through spates of fixation about organized religion, the current one being almost entirely hostile.
Their play reveals the radical artifice of gender, and by their visibility they foreground the busy and far-from-empty territory between the minuscule poles of gender and sexuality that our culture determinedly labels "man" and "woman." This forbidden zone, in all its forms, has been subjected to the most massively effective magic our civilization knows: the magic of bigotry, of organized religion, of ignorance and fear - which, like the magic of racism, is strong enough to make forbidden territory literally disappear.
Synopsis: Americans express record-low confidence in public schools, organized religion, banks, and television news this year.
WASHINGTON -- Only 46 percent of respondents said they had either a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the church and organized religion, a new Gallup Poll says.
They rather isolate them with like-minded individuals and indoctrinate them in a set of beliefs at a young age, much like organized religion does.

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