What is religious belief?

  • (noun): A strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny.
    Synonyms: religion, faith

Religious Belief

Religious belief is the belief in the reality of the mythological, supernatural, or spiritual aspects of a religion. Religious belief is distinct from religious practice or religious behaviours with some believers not practicing religion and some practitioners not believing religion. Religious beliefs, being derived from ideas that are exclusive to religion, often relate to the existence, characteristics and worship of a deity or deities, divine intervention in the universe and human life, or the deontological explanations for the values and practices centered on the teachings of a spiritual leader or group. In contrast to other belief systems, religious beliefs are usually codified.

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Reasons For Rejection of Religious Belief
... Main article Religious disaffiliation See also Existence of God#Arguments against belief in God Typical reasons for rejection of religion include the following "Irrational and unbelievable creeds" The fundamental ... have difficulty accepting particular religious assertions or doctrines ... of evidence available to humans to be insufficient to justify certain religious beliefs ...
Religion And Happiness - Research - Methodological Considerations
... These include the following The religious belief itself in fact promotes satisfaction and that non-belief does not promote satisfaction and/or promotes dissatisfaction Satisfaction and ... to being in the majority when it comes to religious belief ... These countries have lower rates of religious affiliation than the United States, meaning the non-religious are not the vast minority - a fact that Snoep thinks might help explain the different correlations ...
Basil Mitchell (academic)
... Mitchell argued strongly for the place of religious belief in public debate and was a prominent critic of liberal humanism ... delivered the 1974–76 Gifford Lectures at the University of Glasgow, entitled Morality, Religious and Secular ... Hart and Patrick Devlin, The Justification of Religious Belief (1981), and his Sarum Lectures, Faith and Criticism (1992) ...
Religiosity And Intelligence - Summary of Research and Definitions of Terms - Studies Comparing Religious Belief and I.Q.
... where they have also replied to questions about religious belief ... professor of psychology at the University of Ulster, which compared religious belief and average national IQs in 137 countries ... for example, have found that the world's poorest countries are consistently the most religious, perhaps because religion plays a more functional role (helping people cope) in poorer nations ...
Religious Disaffiliation - Factors Affecting Psychological and Social Aspects
... According to Meredith McGuire (2002), in a book about the social context in religion, if the religious affiliation was a big part of a leaver's social life and identity ... process of joining, being a member, and leaving a new religious group is best described not as a matter of personal pathology but of social adaptation ... secular setting might be considered pathological may be considered normal within some religious settings ...

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