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Religion. No simple definition can describe the many religions in the world. Every society has a religion. For many people, religion is an organized system of beliefs, rituals (acts and ceremonies), personal practices, and worship directed toward a supreme power or deity (god). For others, religion involves a number of gods or deities. Some people follow religions that worship no specific god or gods. There are also people who practice their own religious beliefs in a personal way, largely independent of any organized religion.
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Fontaine, Carole R. "Religion." World Book Student. World Book, 2016. Web. 18 Oct. 2016.
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Questions to ask...
-who is the author?
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-is key information or perspectives missing?
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