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What is Religion?

What is Religion?

Author: Lee Gilmore

This lesson will provide an overview of the ways in which believers practice their religions and how those practices manifest themselves as "phenomena."

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Terms to Know

Acceptance of the truth or existence of any thing, person, or idea, even where contrary opinions may be rationally accepted.


A wide-ranging group of religious philosophies inspired by Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha).


Acceptance of the truth or existence of any thing, person, or idea, even in the absence of substantiating evidence.

Phenomenology of Religion

An academic discipline that studies religion as an individual and collective phenomenon, to be studied without reference to the truth or falsity of any underlying beliefs.


That which is above and beyond the natural or ordinary.