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organized religion

Definitions of organized religion
  1. noun
    an institution to express belief in a divine power
    synonyms: faith, religion
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    Christian church, church
    one of the groups of Christians who have their own beliefs and forms of worship
    Hebraism, Jewish religion, Judaism
    Jews collectively who practice a religion based on the Torah and the Talmud
    Hindooism, Hinduism
    the religion of most people in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal
    Taoism
    religion adhering to the teaching of Lao-tzu
    Buddhism
    a religion represented by the many groups (especially in Asia) that profess various forms of the Buddhist doctrine and that venerate Buddha
    Khalsa
    the group of initiated Sikhs to which devout orthodox Sikhs are ritually admitted at puberty; founded by the tenth and last Guru in 1699
    Church of Scientology, Scientology
    a new religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard in 1955 and characterized by a belief in the power of a person's spirit to clear itself of past painful experiences through self-knowledge and spiritual fulfillment
    Shinto
    the native religion and former ethnic cult of Japan
    established church
    the church that is recognized as the official church of a nation
    religious order, religious sect, sect
    a subdivision of a larger religious group
    cult
    followers of an unorthodox, extremist, or false religion or sect who often live outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader
    cult
    followers of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices
    sisterhood
    a religious society of women who live together as sisters (especially an order of nuns)
    Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church, Armenian Church
    an independent Christian church established in Armenia since 300; was influenced by both Roman and Byzantine traditions
    Catholic Church
    any of several churches claiming to have maintained historical continuity with the original Christian Church
    Albigenses, Cathari, Cathars
    a Christian religious sect in southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries; believers in Albigensianism
    Nestorian Church
    a Christian Church in the Middle East that followed Nestorianism; there is still a small Nestorian Church in Iraq
    Coptic Church
    the ancient Christian church of Egypt
    Protestant, Protestant Church
    the Protestant churches and denominations collectively
    High Anglican Church, High Church
    a group in the Anglican Church that emphasizes the Catholic tradition (especially in sacraments and rituals and obedience to church authority)
    Unification Church
    a Christian church (with some Buddhist elements) founded in 1954 by Sun Myung Moon and known for staging mass weddings and other communal activities
    Abecedarian
    a 16th century sect of Anabaptists centered in Germany who had an absolute disdain for human knowledge
    Amish sect
    an orthodox Anabaptist sect separated from the Mennonites in late 17th century; settled chiefly in southeastern Pennsylvania
    Karaites
    a Jewish sect that recognizes only the Hebrew Scriptures as the source of divinely inspired legislation and denies the authority of the postbiblical tradition of the Talmud; the sect arose in Iraq in the eighth century
    Jewish Orthodoxy, Orthodox Judaism
    Jews who strictly observe the Mosaic law as interpreted in the Talmud
    Conservative Judaism
    Jews who keep some of the requirements of the Mosaic law but allow for adaptation of other requirements (as some of the dietary laws) to fit modern circumstances
    Reform Judaism
    the most liberal Jews; Jews who do not follow the Talmud strictly but try to adapt all of the historical forms of Judaism to the modern world
    Shia, Shiah, Shiah Islam
    one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam; mainly in Iran
    Sunni, Sunni Islam
    one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam
    Brahmanism, Brahminism
    the religious and social system of orthodox Hinduism
    Shivaism, Sivaism
    a Hindu sect worshiping Shiva
    Saktism, Shaktism
    a Hindu sect worshiping Shakti
    Vaishnavism, Vaisnavism
    Hindu sect worshiping of Vishnu
    Haredi
    any of several sects of Orthodox Judaism that reject modern secular culture and many of whom do not recognize the spiritual authority of the modern state of Israel
    Hare Krishna, ISKCON, International Society for Krishna Consciousness
    a religious sect founded in the United States in 1966; based on Vedic scriptures; groups engage in joyful chanting of `Hare Krishna' and other mantras based on the name of the Hindu god Krishna; devotees usually wear saffron robes and practice vegetarianism and celibacy
    Jainism
    sect founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism
    Taoism
    a Chinese sect claiming to follow the teaching of Lao-tzu but incorporating pantheism and sorcery in addition to Taoism
    Zen, Zen Buddhism
    school of Mahayana Buddhism asserting that enlightenment can come through meditation and intuition rather than faith; China and Japan
    Mahayana
    a major school of Buddhism teaching social concern and universal salvation; China; Japan; Tibet; Nepal; Korea; Mongolia
    Hinayana
    a major school of Buddhism teaching personal salvation through one's own efforts
    Tantrism
    movement within Buddhism combining elements of Hinduism and paganism
    Kokka, Kokka Shinto
    the branch of Shinto recognized as the official state religion of Japan
    Shua, Shuha Shinto
    any branch of Shinto other than Kokka
    brethren
    (plural) the lay members of a male religious order
    monastic order, order
    a group of person living under a religious rule
    Quakers, Religious Society of Friends, Society of Friends
    a Christian sect founded by George Fox about 1660; commonly called Quakers
    Shakers, United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing
    a celibate and communistic Christian sect in the United States
    Vaudois, Waldenses
    a Christian sect of dissenters that originated in southern France in the late 12th century adopted Calvinist doctrines in the 16th century
    Zurvanism
    a Zoroastrian sect that claims Zurvan was the ultimate source of the universe
    cargo cult
    (Melanesia) the followers of one of several millenarian cults that believe salvation will come in the form of wealth (`cargo') brought by westerners; some ascribe divine attributes to westerners on first contact (especially to missionaries)
    macumba
    (Brazil) followers of a religious cult of African origin
    obeah, obi
    (West Indies) followers of a religious system involving witchcraft and sorcery
    Rastafarian
    (Ethiopia) adherents of an African religion that regards Ras Tafari as divine
    voodoo
    (Haiti) followers of a religion that involves witchcraft and animistic deities
    Rastafari, Rastas
    (Jamaica) a Black youth subculture and religious movement that arose in the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica, in the 1950s; males grow hair in long dreadlocks and wear woolen caps; use marijuana and listen to reggae music
    Wicca
    a community of followers of the Wicca religion
    type of:
    establishment, institution
    an organization founded and united for a specific purpose
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