Is religion the ultimate form of science

Good to know: religiosity and piety

Religiousness is an ability or quality, namely the personality trait to have a religion and to relate so faithfully to the transcendent - in thinking, feeling and acting. Belief characterizes the individual expression of religiosity. The term religion shimmers in its variety of meanings - there is no generally accepted definition. But the following seven characteristics are characteristic of every religion, only the first characteristic being necessary (even in Buddhism, in which, strictly speaking, no god exists):

· Transcendence: The belief in an extra- and supernatural power (or several) - ancestors, souls, spirits, gods, God.

· Ultimate relatedness: The feeling of connectedness, dependency, obligation and the belief in a purpose and purpose - for the individual as well as for the community.

· Mysticism: The experience of the "sacred" up to the experience of feelings of unity with this power or the whole of the universe.

· Myth: The explanation and evaluation of the world up to a promise of salvation and redemption.

· Morality: Transcendently based value system consisting of rules and prohibitions that guide individual and social behavior.

· Rite: symbolically charged acts or objects, for example to reject evil, to attempt healing or for certain phases of life.

· Community: The social solidarity in shared and traditional faith - in experience, expression, upbringing, mission, interpretation and affirmation through to institutionalization.

Spirituality is a sub-form of religiosity and is characterized by self-forgetfulness and a comprehensive feeling of unity - that is, with ultimate relatedness and mysticism. It can also be "esoteric" or "atheistic".

19th February 2013

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