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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Religion & Belief

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What are Religion & Belief Systems?

A Belief System is "a set of principles or tenets which together form the basis of a religion, philosophy, or moral code." 

(2010). Belief system. In Stevenson, A., & Lindberg, C. (Eds.), New Oxford American Dictionary. Oxford University Press.

Religion refers to what some people "regard as holy, sacred, absolute, spiritual, divine, or worthy of especial reverence. . . . In many religions, texts are deemed to have scriptural status, and people are esteemed to be invested with spiritual or moral authority. Believers and worshippers participate in and are often enjoined to perform devotional or contemplative practices such as prayer, meditation, or particular rituals. Worship, moral conduct, right belief, and participation in religious institutions are among the constituent elements of the religious life."

Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. (2 February 2021). Religion. Encyclopedia Britannica.

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