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Christian Community

Any of a group of religious faiths that are based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as described in the New Testament of the Bible.

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Jewish Community

Followers of the Jewish faith (Judaism), or people who identify themselves as Jewish either through descent or personal decision. Judaism reflects a belief in a single God who created the universe and continues to be involved in its governance. According to traditional Jewish belief, God established a covenant with the Jewish people, and revealed his laws and commandments to them in the form of the Torah. The practice of Judaism is devoted to the study and observance of the laws and commandments, as written in the Torah.

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Nonreligious/Secular Groups

Individuals who are essentially neutral with regard to organized religion, generally affirming neither belief nor disbelief and uninvolved in a religious, faith or philosophical community; or have their own personal philosophy and no affiliation with an organized religion. Also included are individuals who are adherents of more proactive or well-defined philosophies such as secular humanism, atheism or agnosticism, most of which can be classified as religions in the sociological sense, albeit secular religions. Secularism asserts the freedom from the government imposition of religion upon people within a state that is neutral on matters of belief and gives no state privileges to religions. It may also refer to the belief that human activities and decisions, especially political ones, should be based on evidence and fact rather than religious influence.

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The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.