Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Religion

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_2983

Synonyms

Faith; Devotion; Spirituality

Definition

Religion is commonly defined as belief concerning the supernatural, sacred, or divine, and the moral codes, practices and institutions associated with such belief. It may also be understood as the sum total of answers given to explain humankind's relationship with the universe.

The relation of human beings to God or the gods or to whatever they consider sacred or, in some cases, merely supernatural.

A belief in God with the knowledge and observation of religious Cults in their abundance, sacred songs, and artistic representation of pictures of churches or temples.

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