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June 03, 2004



Religion implies an oegnaizrd system of clergy, doctrine, ceremony, etc. So Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Mormonism, Scientology are all religions because they are organizations based on faith. Spirituality is a general idea that there is something more' than the physical world, a belief in the supernatural. This might be a god or gods, but it might just be a universal energy or spirit. Ethics are a sense of good' behavior. They usually involve following accepted social rules for the betterment of society. They are mutually exclusive from either religion or spirituality. The Catholic church's actions to hide pedophile priests show that religious and spiritual people can act very unethically. (And, ethics are not based on the 10 Commandments, that is a myth perpetuated by the religious right.)It is now popular for people to say they are "spiritual, but not religious", Meaning they feel there might be or is a god or other supernatural forces at work in the world, but don't feel a need to be part of a religion.References :

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