Religion Definitions and Concept2

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Religion Definitions and Concepts .. Religion, (as an organized system of beliefs that focuses upon the relationship between human beings and superhuman beings or forces), has taken many forms across different societies. This involves not just differences between religious forms of belief (Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and so forth) but also differences within religions (the Catholic and Protestant forms of Christianity, for example). In addition, religious expression - in terms of the way in which it is socially / collectively organized - also has many forms. In a later Study Pack we will look at some of these different forms by exploring the concepts of church, denomination, sect and cult, but for now it might be useful to simply look at the broad ways in which the concept of religion has been interpreted throughout human history and culture. Giddens ("Sociology", 1989) provides us with a brief outline of some of these differences in the following terms.
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