Common religion terms

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Common religion terms
2013-01-12 22:58:40
World religions

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  1. animism
    Belief that objects, such as plants and stones, or natural events, like thunderstorms and earthquakes, have a discrete spirit and conscious life
  2. evangelical religions
    Religion in which an effort is made to spread a particular belief system.
  3. monotheism
    The doctrine or belief of the existence of only one god.
  4. pagan
    A follower of a polytheistic religion in ancient times.
  5. polytheism
    Belief in worship of more than one god
  6. secularism
    The idea that ethical and moral standards should be formulated and adhered to for life on Earth, not to accommodate the prescriptions of a deity and promises of a comfortable afterlife.
  7. Agnostic
    A person who believes that nothing is known or can e known of the existence or nature of God. A person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in god.
  8. Atheist
    people who do not believe in God
  9. Asceticism
    The practice of extreme denial.
  10. Eschatology
    A concern with the end times (Death and Judgement)
  11. Heresy
    To say something that goes against the beliefs of a religion.
  12. Secularism
    An emphasis on wordly, "here and now."
  13. Deity
    any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the a "force" in human form
  14. Sacred
    worthy of worship in a religious way; made or believed to be holy
  15. Profane
    Normal; not sacred
  16. Scriptures
    The sacred writings of a religion
  17. ecclesiastical
    Of or relating to the Christian Church or its clergy.
  18. dogma
    A principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true
  19. ritual
    A religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order
  20. orthodox
    Conforming to what is generally or traditionally accepted as right or true; established and approved
  21. deism
    Belief in the existence of a supreme being, specifically of a creator who does not intervene in the universe.
  22. radical
    Relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough.
  23. ecumenical
    Promoting or relating to unity among the world's Christian churches
  24. episcopal
    Of a bishop or bishops
  25. blasphemy
    The act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things; profane talk
  26. nihilism
    The rejection of all religious and moral principles, often in the belief that life is meaningless
  27. gospel
    The teaching or revelation of Christ
  28. indulgence
    A grant by the pope of remission of the temporal punishment in purgatory still due for sins after absolution.
  29. lay
    characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy
  30. eastern religions
    Eastern religion is a term used to refer to religions originating in the Eastern world --India, China, Japan and Southeast Asia
  31. western religions
    The term Western religion refers to religions that originated within Western culture
  32. zealot
    A person who is fanatical and uncompromising in pursuit of their religious, political, or other ideals