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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.


an administrative division of some larger or more complex organization


a social class separated from others by distinctions of hereditary rank or profession or wealth


the branch of astrophysics that studies the origin and evolution and structure of the universe


a group of religious congregations having its own organization and a distinctive faith


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


Literal interpretation and strict adherence to basic principles of a religion


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


someone who attempts to convert others to a particular doctrine or program


belief in a single God


not acknowledging the God of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam


A journey to a place considered sacred for religious purposes


belief in multiple Gods


a subdivision of a larger religious group


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

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