Religion is the force in the world too often glossed over which has the power to raise and befall civilization, a property it shares with population, food, labor, government, taxes, etc.

Religion as a category.

Religion is notoriously difficult to analyze, given how much variation occurs from time to place. Looking at religion through the lens of culture does help, but many "at-large" religions, such as Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Taoism, and even general Atheism can be grouped. Observe:

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