The words comes from Greek a-theos which means "no gods". Belief system: A series of beliefs meshed together by a common structure and framework. If evidence for a belief system is found, it becomes a theory (⇒ see: What is Science and the Scientific Method? Cult: A biased and derogatory terms used to describe a small group of non-mainstream believers who are unpopular for some reason.
⇒ See: Definitions of Secularisation Theory: Why is Religion Declining? Milton Yinger in his book Religion, Society and the Individual (1957). (1811-1882)(1881) History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science. Yinger also suggested subdividing sects into three categories: world-accepting, world-transforming, and world-rejecting.Belief that God has a special contract with a Hebrew tribe, involving many specific rules of behaviour About Judaism" href="judaism.html"Judaism, Christianity" JQPU_Content="Belief that a single creator god had a son, Jesus Christ, born to a human mother, and that Jesus' crucifixion by the Romans brings salvation About Christianity" href="christianity.html"Islam. Atheism" JQPU_Content="Either (1) the active and extrinsic disbelief that God exists, or (2) an intrinsic lack of belief due to lack of knowledge about god(s) in local culture About atheism" href="atheism.html"Atheism: Belief systems that do not contain any creator god(s).Buddhism" JQPU_Content="The belief that meditation and good living can break the cycle of reincarnation and result in enlightenment About Buddhism" href="buddhism.html"Taoism are examples of Atheism" JQPU_Content="Either (1) the active and extrinsic disbelief that God exists, or (2) an intrinsic lack of belief due to lack of knowledge about god(s) in local culture About atheism" href="atheism.html"atheist religions.Religion: Religions are shared collections of transcendental beliefs that have been passed on from believers to converts, that are held by adherents to be actively meaningful and serious and either based on (1) formally documented doctrine (organized religion) or (2) established cultural practices (folk religion). It has proven impossible to come to agreement about where the boundaries lay between sects, denominations, and religions, and how the term is used depending on locale. The most well-known phrase proposing secular democracy as an ideal is Jefferson's "wall of separation between church and state" [paraphrased]. Secularism, promoted by secularists, is the belief that religion should be a private, personal, voluntary affair that does not impose upon other people.Many sociologists now teach that the term sect should be abandoned, and theological. ⇒ See Secularisation Theory: Will Modern Society Reject Religion? Public spaces and officialdom should therefore be religion-neutral.