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Religion can be roughly divided into three broad categories: world religions, which includes transcultural, international faiths such as Christianity; indigenous religions, which refers to culture and place-specific religious groups; and new religious movements, which describe recently developed faiths.

Religion essentially describes a cultural system that connects humanity with beliefs and values through narratives, symbols, and histories. These often deal with questions about the meaning of life, death, and the origin of the universe.

Whereas “spirituality” or one’s “belief system” is individual and oftentimes private, religion is public, organized, and typically involves adherence or membership, meetings, and services which bring together the congregation for commemoration of the activities of a god or gods, festivals, feasts, trance, initiations, births, funerals, music, art, dance, public service, or other aspects of human culture.

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by Sara Schneider

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by Katie Scott Aiton

Why death in Beirut does not matter as much as death in Paris

by Joey Ayoub

For those who use the Paris attacks to escalate fear

by Jeremy Ullmann

A lost 400-year-old church just rose out of waters of a Mexican reservoir

by Matt Hershberger

I never wanted to go back to India. But in returning, I learned to see.

by Rachel Rueckert

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by Atlas & Boots

Mumbai tried enforcing a 4-day meat ban. Here’s why it didn’t go well.

by Nimisha Jaiswal

Beirut’s Christians are leaving behind beautiful pop-up shrines

by Laura Dean

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by Rebecca Bellan

The pope is open to trying cocaine’s key ingredient in Bolivia

by Simeon Tegel
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