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Basic Characteristics or Elements of Religion

While each religion differs at significant points- and various sects within a given religion also differ- all religions share similar attributes. What are the basic characteristics or elements of religion? Are these characteristics found in culture or daily life where they are not usually identified as religious?

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Thank you for the opportunity to answer such a thoughtful question.
Let me begin by saying that all religions are based on a truth-claim; i.e., every religion will claim that it is the custodian of truth or, have the knowhow to achieve such truth. Some religions ...

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This solution explains the underlying similarities in all religions and briefly explains the difference between Judaism, Christianity and Islam.