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The term religion has its origin in the Latin religere, which means to bind fast, to moor, or to unite. It is an activity that is found in every society and culture throughout human history and is generally focused on the spiritual development of individuals, societies, and cultures.

According to the American Heritage Dictionary (1996), religion is defined as:

  1. a. Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe; b. A personal or institutionalized system grounded in such belief and worship.
  2. The life or condition of a person in a religious order.
  3. A set of beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader.
  4. A cause, a principle, or an activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion.

Khavari (1999) states that religions have several basic features:

Greeley (1997) proposes that in the context of educating children and youth, religious organizations are an important source of social capital. Religious organizations have an especially important influence in the area of character and moral development where religious scripture has provided guidance for centuries (Carter, 1993; Nord & Haynes, 1998). In addition, Ginsburg and Hanson (1986) reported that students expressing a religious affiliation had higher school achievement (see Huitt, 1999, for a further discussion of this issue as it relates to school reform).



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