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a unified system of beliefs and practices concerned with sacred things


things and ideas that are set apart and given a special meaning that goes beyond, or transcends, immediate existence


non sacred aspects of life


to justify or give official approval to

spirit of capitalism

the obligation to reinvest money in business rather than to spend it

protestant ethics

a set of values, norms, beliefs, and attitudes stressing hard work, thrift, and self-discipline


a life-encompassing religious organization to which all members of a society belong


one of several religious organizations that most members of a society accept as legitimate


a religious organization that arises out of a desire to reform an existing religious organization


a religious organization whose characteristics are not drawn from existing religious traditions within a society

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