Religion and Spirituality
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Religious symbols in clock-wise order: Judaism , Christianity , Islam , Baha'i , Hinduism , Taoism , Buddhism , Sikhism , Rodnoveri , Celtic pagan , Heathenism , Semitic pagan , Wicca , Kemetism , Hellenic pagan , Roman pagan . Religion is a collection of cultural systems , belief systems , and worldviews that establishes symbols that relate humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values. While religion is hard to define, one standard model of religion, used in religious studies courses, was proposed by Clifford Geertz , who simply called it a "cultural system". [ 1 ] A critique of Geertz's model by Talal Asad categorized religion as "an anthropological category." [ 2 ] Many religions have narratives , symbols , traditions and sacred histories that are intended to give meaning to life or to explain the origin of life or the universe . They tend to derive morality , ethics , religious laws or a preferred lifestyle from their ideas about the cosmos and human nature .
Humans ( Homo sapiens ) are primates of the family Hominidae , and the only extant species of the genus Homo . [ 2 ] [ 3 ] [ 4 ] Humans are characterized by having a large brain relative to body size, with a particularly well developed neocortex , prefrontal cortex and temporal lobes , making them capable of abstract reasoning , language , introspection , problem solving and culture through social learning.