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is the adherence to codified beliefs
that generally involve a faith
in a spiritual nature
and a study of inherited ancestral traditions
related to understanding human life
. The term "religion" refers to both the personal practices related to faith as well as to the larger shared systems of belief.
In the larger sense, religion is a communal system for the coherence of belief—typically focused on a system of thought, unseen being, person, or object, that is considered to be supernatural, sacred, divine, or of the highest truth. Moral codes, practices, values, institutions, traditions, and rituals are often traditionally associated with the core belief, and these may have some overlap with concepts in secular philosophy. Religion can also be described as a way of life.
The development of religion has taken many forms in various cultures. "Organized religion" generally refers to an organization of people supporting the exercise of some religion with a prescribed set of beliefs, often taking the form of a legal entity (see religion-supporting organization). Other religions believe in personal revelation and responsibility. "Religion" is sometimes used interchangeably with "faith" or "belief system," but is more socially defined than that of personal convictions.
is the religious belief
that humanity, life, the Earth, and the universe were created
in some form by a supernatural
being or beings. However the term is more commonly used to refer to religiously motivated rejection of certain biological processes, in particular evolution
, in favour of a Biblical explanation as an accounting for the history, diversity, and complexity of life on earth (the creation–evolution controversy
). In Christian sects such creationism is usually based on a literal reading of the creation myth found in the book of Genesis
. Other religions have deity-led creation myths which are quite different. In many countries, belief in creationism has decreased as scientific theories have been presented that support more naturalistic explanations for the universe and for life. While some have tried to refute these theories, others believe in types of creationism that do not exclude all of these theories. When mainstream scientific research produces conclusions which contradict a strict creationist interpretation of scripture
, creationists often reject the conclusions of the research and/or its underlying scientific theories and/or its methodology. The most notable disputes concern the evolution
of living organisms, the idea of common descent
, the geological history of the Earth
, the formation of the solar system
and the origin of the universe
The Palliyarai contains two oil lamps (kuthuvilakku), an elunetru, and a large mirror. On a raised pedestal, covered with kavi cloth, the temple also preserves some articles believed to have been used by Ayya Vaikundar, including a rattan cane (perampu) and a pair of wooden sandals.
Selected religious figure or deity
commonly known as Constantine the Great
, or (among Eastern Christians of Byzantine tradition) Saint Constantine
, was a Roman Emperor
Constantine is best remembered in modern times for the Edict of Milan in 313, which bestowed imperial favor on Christianity in the Empire, for the first time.
Constantine is also remembered for the Council of Nicaea in 325; these actions are considered major factors in the spreading of the Christian religion. His reputation as the "first Christian Emperor" has been promulgated by historians from Lactantius and Eusebius of Caesarea to the present day, although there has been debate over the veracity of his faith. This debate stems from his continued support for pagan deities and the fact that he was baptized very close to his death.
Did you know...
- ...that according to the Torah, Moses lived to be 120 years old?
The Bhagavad Gita
- Bhagavad Gītā
, "Song of God
" or "Divine Song
") is an ancient Sanskrit
text composed of 700 verses from the Mahabharata
chapters 25 – 42. Krishna
, as the speaker of the Bhagavad Gita is referred to within as Bhagavan
(the divine one), and the verses themselves, using the range and style of Sanskrit meter
) with similes and metaphors, are written in a poetic form that is traditionally chanted; hence the title, which translates to "the Song of the Divine One". The Bhagavad Gita is revered as sacred by the majority of Hindu
traditions, and especially so by followers of Krishna. In general speech it is commonly referred to as The Gita
The content of the text is a conversation between Krishna and Arjuna taking place on the battlefield of Kurukshetra just prior to the start of a climactic war. Responding to Arjuna's confusion and moral dilemma, Krishna explains to Arjuna his duties as a famous warrior and Prince and elaborates on a number of different Yogic and Vedantic philosophies, with examples and analogies. This has led to the Gita often being described as a concise guide to Hindu philosophy and also as a practical, self-contained guide to life. During the discourse, Krishna reveals his identity as the Supreme Being Himself (Bhagavan), blessing Arjuna with an awe-inspiring glimpse of His divine absolute form.
The Bhagavad Gita is also called Gītopaniṣad as well as Yogupaniṣad, implying its status as an 'Upanishad'. While technically it is considered a Smṛti text, it has singularly achieved a status comparable to that of śruti, or revealed knowledge.