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atheism

The position that holds that there is no God or gods.

immanent

Divine exists within our world and nature.

monotheism

Belief on one God.

nontheism

A position unconcerned with the supernatural, not asserting or denying the existence of any deity.

pantheism

The belief that everything in the universe is divine.

polytheism

Belief in many gods.

transcendent

Divine is outside our physical world, beyond space and time.

agnosticism

The position that holds that the existence of God cannot be proven.

animism

A worldview common among oral religions (religions with no written scriptures) that sees all elements of nature as being filled with spirit or spirits.

religion

To connect our ordinary world with the divine sphere.

myth

A symbolic story expressing ideas about reality

ritual

Repeated patterned religious acts

dogma

Systems of doctrines proclaimed as absolutly true.

ethics

Set of rules that determine what is right/wrong.

God

Devine, sacred reality

belief system

set of beliefs that make up a worldview about universe and human purpose

sacramental orientation

Focus of religious practices is on the ritual

prophetic orientation

Focus of religious practices is on the ethics

mystical orientation

Focus of religious practices is on the meditation

exclusive religion

religion that allows the belief in only one God

inclusive religion

religion that allows the belief in more that one belief system

linear time

time that has the beginning and end

cyclical time

time that repeats itself in cycles

psychology

discipline that studies human emotions and behaviors

theology

discipline that studies one religion in depth

anthropology

discipline that studies human society and relationships within community

philosophy

discipline that studies human knowledge obtained through reason

archeology

discipline that studies remains of the previous civilizations

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