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A religion which synthesized elements of Buddhism, Christianity, Gnosticism, and Zoroastrianism. It was founded by Mani (a.k.a. Manicheus) in Mesopotamia during the third century CE. He believed in ...

soul freedom

Religion; General religion

Freedom of conscience as applied to Bible interpretation. This is the concept that an individual has the right and privilege to interpret scripture for themselves in the context of their religious ...


Religion; General religion

The concept that God owns everything and has entrusted certain resources to individual believers who will eventually be held accountable for what they accomplished with those resources.

sweat lodge

Religion; General religion

A native American ritual for purification involving moist hot air in an enclosed space.

textual criticism

Religion; General religion

A study of biblical text, attempting to identify the words of the original autograph copy and eliminate later forgeries, spelling errors, etc.


Religion; General religion

The term used by Buddhists, Hindus and others to refer to their house of worship. The center for Jewish worship prior to 70 CE was the Temple in Jerusalem. Recently, many Jews use "temple" to refer ...


Religion; General religion

From the Greek words: "Theos" (God) and "cratein" (to rule). A government in which the church and state are unified. Such a union is generally has disastrous effects on human rights, particularly for ...

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