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 Families of Religions  Materialsim     No deity
Not usually considered to be a "religion", materialism is an umbrella of many different systems of thought that understand the world as it is now to be the only reality that matters for humans. Adherents include atheists, secular humanists, pantheists and various other forms in all countries of the world. Some adherents are aggressively opposed to traditional religions. Some actively promote the abolition of religion that takes seriously a divine being and a reality beyond the perceived world and universe. It is estimated that over one billion people express this outlook.

A note on use of the word "religion" regarding materialism. For the purposes of this study all outlooks that give meaning to the lives of adherents are included in the term "religious". It is a way to get all viewpoints on the table for discussion.
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