The Global Impact of Religion

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The Global Impact of Religion
I. Religion has been generally defined by scholars as a belief in a supernatural power that controls the destiny of humanity, as an institution through which belief or a set of beliefs in a deity or divine power can be expressed, and as a sum total of particular beliefs regarding humanity’s relationship with the universe. These definitions have been generally accepted, but many modern scholars have commented on the difficulty of defining what religion is and have offered their own definitions (Connelly 1).
Unfortunately, “virtually all of these definitions have been found wanting by the majority of scholars.” In some cases, the definitions provided by some scholars have been considered to be too narrow...
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.....doxy (Strenski 139-140).
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