religious belief


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Noun1.religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destinyreligious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
persecution - the act of persecuting (especially on the basis of race or religion)
vigil, watch - the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)
consecration - (religion) sanctification of something by setting it apart (usually with religious rites) as dedicated to God; "the Cardinal attended the consecration of the church"
chastity, sexual abstention, celibacy - abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows)
toleration - official recognition of the right of individuals to hold dissenting opinions (especially in religion)
traditionalism - adherence to tradition (especially in cultural or religious matters)
censer, thurible - a container for burning incense (especially one that is swung on a chain in a religious ritual)
cloister - a courtyard with covered walks (as in religious institutions)
habit - a distinctive attire worn by a member of a religious order
orthodoxy - the quality of being orthodox (especially in religion)
supernatural virtue, theological virtue - according to Christian ethics: one of the three virtues (faith, hope, and charity) created by God to round out the natural virtues
netherworld, Scheol, underworld, Hades, infernal region, Hell - (religion) the world of the dead; "No one goes to Hades with all his immense wealth"-Theognis
meditation - (religion) contemplation of spiritual matters (usually on religious or philosophical subjects)
belief - any cognitive content held as true
apophatism - the religious belief that God cannot be known but is completely `other' and must be described in negative terms (in terms of what God is not)
cataphatism - the religious belief that God has given enough clues to be known to humans positively and affirmatively (e.g., God created Adam `in his own image')
doctrine of analogy, analogy - the religious belief that between creature and creator no similarity can be found so great but that the dissimilarity is always greater; any analogy between God and humans will always be inadequate
cultus, religious cult, cult - a system of religious beliefs and rituals; "devoted to the cultus of the Blessed Virgin"
cult - a religion or sect that is generally considered to be unorthodox, extremist, or false; "it was a satanic cult"
ecclesiasticism - religion appropriate to a church and to ecclesiastical principles and practices
mysticism, religious mysticism - a religion based on mystical communion with an ultimate reality
nature worship - a system of religion that deifies and worships natural forces and phenomena
revealed religion - a religion founded primarily on the revelations of God to humankind
theism - the doctrine or belief in the existence of a God or gods
heathenism, pagan religion, paganism - any of various religions other than Christianity or Judaism or Islamism
Christian religion, Christianity - a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior
Hindooism, Hinduism - a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and based on a caste system; it is characterized by a belief in reincarnation, by a belief in a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils
Brahmanism, Brahminism - the religious beliefs of ancient India as prescribed in the sacred Vedas and Brahmanas and Upanishads
Jainism - religion founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism; emphasizes asceticism and immortality and transmigration of the soul; denies existence of a perfect or supreme being
Sikhism - the doctrines of a monotheistic religion founded in northern India in the 16th century by Guru Nanak and combining elements of Hinduism and Islam
Buddhism - the teaching of Buddha that life is permeated with suffering caused by desire, that suffering ceases when desire ceases, and that enlightenment obtained through right conduct and wisdom and meditation releases one from desire and suffering and rebirth
Hsuan Chiao, Taoism - popular Chinese philosophical system based in teachings of Lao-tzu but characterized by a pantheism of many gods and the practices of alchemy and divination and magic
Shintoism, Shinto - the ancient indigenous religion of Japan lacking formal dogma; characterized by a veneration of nature spirits and of ancestors
Manichaeanism, Manichaeism - a religion founded by Manes in the third century; a synthesis of Zoroastrian dualism between light and dark and Babylonian folklore and Buddhist ethics and superficial elements of Christianity; spread widely in the Roman Empire but had largely died out by 1000
Mithraicism, Mithraism - ancient Persian religion; popular among Romans during first three centuries a.d.
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The religious belief of these people was extremely limited and confined; or rather, in all probability, their explanations were but little understood by their visitors.
What is the principle of religious belief in them but a Loose-Fish?
They are either too lazy or too sensible to worry themselves about abstract points of religious belief.
Such ascendency as we have over our flocks to-day depends entirely on our personal influence with them; is it not deplorable that the existence of religious belief in a commune should be dependent on the esteem in which a single man is held?
How many families, whose members have been dispersed and scattered far and wide, in the restless struggles of life, are then reunited, and meet once again in that happy state of companionship and mutual goodwill, which is a source of such pure and unalloyed delight; and one so incompatible with the cares and sorrows of the world, that the religious belief of the most civilised nations, and the rude traditions of the roughest savages, alike number it among the first joys of a future condition of existence, provided for the blessed and happy
Having no religious belief, she was the more conscientious about her life, examining her position from time to time very seriously, and nothing annoyed her more than to find one of these bad habits nibbling away unheeded at the precious substance.
His religious beliefs had become what would at present be called Unitarian, and he did not associate with any of the existing denominations; in private theory he had even come to believe in polygamy.
Nuhu Ubale of the Evangelical Church Wining All (ECWA) Three, English Yelwan, has appealed to christian faithful to be kind to every one, irrespective of religious belief.
The accused in his statement under section 161 Criminal Procedure of Code said that deceased had committed blasphemy by uttering disrespectful remarks against the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and so he killed him, considering it his religious belief and duty.
It was shown that students with a higher degree of religious belief demonstrated less use of rational reasoning and a greater reliance on intuitive reasoning in their responses to socioscientific issues when compared with their less-religious peers.
Jong and Haberstadt ask whether people are afraid of death, whether death anxiety motivates religious belief, and whether religious belief mitigates death anxiety.
A religious belief also usually entails the acceptance of the existence of certain objects around which the beliefs are centred.

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