A person who disbelieves or lacks belief in the existence of God or gods
Atheist
People (such as priests) who are the leaders of a religion and who perform religious services
Clergy
To make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity
Consecrate
A deity is a supernatural being, like a god or goddess, that is worshipped by people who believe it controls or exerts force over some aspect of the world. The word deity means ‘divine nature’.
Deity
The study of the nature of duty and obligation
Deontology
Treat (a sacred place or thing) with violent disrespect
Desecrate
A person who is very interested in and enthusiastic about someone or something; a strong believer in a particular religion or god
Devotee
A belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a Church, political party, or other group
Doctrine
A principal or set of principals laid down by an authority as true without being questioned or doubted; a belief or set of beliefs that is taught by a religious organisation
Dogma
The part of theology concerned with death, judgement, and the final destiny of the soul and of humankind
Eschatology
A branch of philosophy dealing with what is morally right or wrong
Ethics
A speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly, especially a tribute to someone who has just died
Eulogy
A short sermon, especially one intended to explain the practical and moral implications of a particular scriptural passage
Homily
The people of a religion who are not priests, ministers, etc.
Laity
A fixed set of ceremonies, words, etc. that are used during public worship in a religion
Liturgy
The action of ordaining someone in holy orders
Ordination
Devotion to God; the quality or state of being pious (devoutly religious)
Piety
(In Christian theology) the doctrine that God has ordained all that will happen, especially with regard to the salvation of some and not others; it has been particularly associated with the teachings of St Augustine of Hippo and of Calvin
Predestination
The divine or supernatural disclosure to humans of something relating to human existence
Revelation
A religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order
Ritual
Not connected with religious or spiritual matters; (of clergy) not subject to or bound by religious rule; not belonging to or living in a monastic or other order
Secular
A person who believes in the existence of a god or gods
Theist
The study of the nature of God and religious belief
Theology
A set of solemn promises; by which a person is bound to an act, service, or condition
Vows
A person (usually highly skilled) who practices yoga
Yogi
A person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God
Agnostic