Belief

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List of Forms of Worship

List of Forms of Worship This list of 60 words refers to forms of worship – not specific religions or belief systems, but rather terms that denote a specific object of worship, be it saints, snakes or whatever. Related word lists you might want to check out are those for philosophical...

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What are Virtues of Belief?

What are Virtues of Belief? In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate Surely We created man of the best pattern; then We reduced him to the lowest of the low, save those who believe and do good deeds. (95:4-6) ¨Belief is a relation which connects man to his...

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Vitalism

Vitalism Vitalism is the belief that “living organisms are fundamentally different from non-living entities because they contain some non-physical element or are governed by different principles than are inanimate things”. Where vitalism explicitly invokes a vital principle, that element is often referred to as the “vital spark”, “energy” or “élan...

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Argument from Reason

Argument from Reason The argument from reason is an argument against metaphysical naturalism and for the existence of God (or at least a supernatural being that is the source of human reason). The best-known defender of the argument is C. S. Lewis. Lewis first defended the argument at length in his 1947 book, Miracles: A Preliminary Study. In the second...

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Superstition

What is Superstition? Superstition is any belief or practice that is considered irrational or Supernatural: for example, if it arises from ignorance, a misunderstanding of science or causality, a positive belief in fate or magic, or fear of that which is unknown. It is commonly applied to beliefs and practices...

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What is The Origin of Religion?

What is The Origin of Religion? Will Religion, Supposedly Developed by ”Primitive” People to Explain the Unknown, Eventually Become Unnecessary? Those who answer the above question with a resounding “yes” base their answer upon the following suppositions: People who could not explain or control a certain natural phenomenon attributed it...

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Religion and Health

Religion and Health Scholarly studies have investigated the effects of religion on health. The World Health Organization (WHO) discerns four dimensions of health, namely physical, social, mental, and spiritual health. Having a religious belief may have both positive and negative impacts on health and morbidity. Religion and spirituality Main articles: Religion, Spirituality, Faith, Belief, Faith...

Faith and Rationality

Faith and Rationality Faith and rationality are two ideologies that exist in varying degrees of conflict or compatibility. Rationality is based on reason or facts. Faith is belief in inspiration, revelation, or authority. The word faith sometimes refers to a belief that is held with lack of reason or evidence, a belief...

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Image of God

Image of God The Image of God (צֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים‎, tzelem Elohim; Latin: Imago Dei) is a concept and theological doctrine in Judaism,[1] Christianity, and Sufism of Islam,[2][3] which asserts that human beings are created in the image and likeness of God. Philosophers and theologians have debated the exact meaning of the phrase for millennia. Following...

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Skepticism

What Is Skepticism? Skepticism or scepticism is generally a questioning attitude or doubt towards one or more items of putative knowledge or belief or dogma.[1][2] It is often directed at domains, such as the supernatural, morality (moral skepticism), theism (skepticism about the existence of God), or knowledge (skepticism about the possibility of knowledge, or of certainty).[3] Formally,...

Epistemology

What Is Epistemology? Epistemology (epistēmē, meaning ‘knowledge’, and logos, meaning ‘logical discourse’) is the branch of philosophy concerned with the theory of knowledge.[1] Epistemology is the study of the nature of knowledge, justification, and the rationality of belief. Much debate in epistemology centers on four areas: (1) the philosophical analysis of the...

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Hope, Theological Virtue

Hope Hope, in its widest acceptation, is described as the desire of something together with the expectation of obtaining it. The Scholastics say that it is a movement of the appetite towards a future good, which though hard to attain is possible of attainment. Consideration of this state of soul is limited in this article to...

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Hope As A Virtue

Hope As A Virtue Hope is one of the three theological virtues in Christian tradition. Hope being a combination of the desire for something and expectation of receiving it, the virtue is hoping for Divine union and so eternal happiness. While faith is a function of the intellect, hope is an act...

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Apocalypticism

Apocalypticism Apocalypticism is the religious belief that there will be an apocalypse, a term which originally referred to a revelation, but now usually refers to the belief that the end of the world is imminent, even within one’s own lifetime. This belief is usually accompanied by the idea that civilization...

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Civilization And The Confusion Of Conceptions

Civilization And The Confusion Of Conceptions In the past, civilization was defined as the coexistence of people who come together, whether in a city or district or a village, around humanistic thoughts and feelings and conscious of their being human. Since human beings naturally live in groups, they have, from...

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Balance Between Worldly Life And Spiritual Life

Balance Between Worldly Life And Spiritual Life How Should We Establish Balance with Respect to The Spiritual and Worldly Dimensions of Our Life? Balance holds a very significant place in every phase of life. Balanced action is necessary over the spectrum which covers the essentials of belief and worship, as...

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Importance Of Patience On Misfortunes

Importance Of Patience On Misfortunes Just as gratitude increases Divine bounty, so too complaint increases misfortune, and removes all occasion for compassion. During World War One, a blessed person in Erzurum was afflicted with an awesome disease. I went to visit him and he said to me complaining bitterly: “I...

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Mutual Assistance In The Universe

Mutual Assistance In The Universe Life in the whole of the universe displays a symphony of mutual helping. Just like the members, organs and systems, even cells, of a living animal body, all parts of the universe support and help one another. For example, for a single apple to come...

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Life Is The Brightest Evidence Of God

Life Is The Brightest Evidence Of God Every thing, every being in existence displays God’s Unity as a most manifest truth. For example, of the innumerable arguments for His existence and Unity, consider life: He makes everything out of one thing and makes one thing out of many things. He...

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Where Does The Enjoyment And Pleasure Of Life Lie?

Where Does The Enjoyment And Pleasure Of Life Lie? So, that is how life is. If you desire the pleasure and enjoyment of life, animate your life with belief, and adorn it with religious obligations. Maintain it by abstaining from sins. As for the fearsome reality of death, which is...

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