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Religion

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animism
the doctrine that all natural objects and the universe itself have souls
autonomous religion
A religion that does not have a central authority but shares ideas and cooperates informally.
branch
an administrative division of some larger or more complex organization
caste
a social class separated from others by distinctions of hereditary rank or profession or wealth
cosmogony
the branch of astrophysics that studies the origin and evolution and structure of the universe
denomination
a group of religious congregations having its own organization and a distinctive faith
diocese
The basic unit of geographic organization in the Roman Catholic Church
ethnic religion
a religion identified with a particular ethnic group and largely exclusive to it
fundamentalism
Literal interpretation and strict adherence to basic principles of a religion
ghetto
a poor densely populated city district occupied by a minority ethnic group linked together by economic hardship and social restrictions
hierarchial religion
A religion in which a central authority exercises a high degree of control
missionary
someone who attempts to convert others to a particular doctrine or program
monotheism
belief in a single God
pagan
not acknowledging the God of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
pilgrimage
A journey to a place considered sacred for religious purposes
polytheism
belief in multiple Gods
sect
a subdivision of a larger religious group
solstice
either of the two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator
universalizing religion
A religion that attempts to appeal to all people, not just those living in a particular location