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Ideology is a comprehensive set of normative beliefs , conscious and unconscious ideas, that an individual, group or society has.

An ideology is narrower in scope than the ideas expressed in concepts such as worldview , imaginary and ontology . [1]

Political ideologies can be proposed by the dominant class of society such as the elite to all members of society as suggested in some Marxist and critical-theory accounts. In societies that distinguish between public and private life , every political or economic tendency entails ideology, whether or not it is propounded as an explicit system of thought. [ further explanation needed ]

Religion and Ideology are two terms that are likely to be confused due to the closeness in their meanings and concepts. Religion consists in the belief in a superhuman controlling power especially in a personal God or gods entitled to worship ( Defined by The Concise Oxford Dictionary). In other words religion is the branch of knowledge that deals with the methodology of worship and the praise of God.

They can be said to be largely essentially the same. All ideology is not based on truths and proofs, nor does it exclude logical conclusions, nor is all all religion based on unwarranted beliefs. Both present a comprehensive vision, and is how a person or society sees things based upon what they believe to be true.

The difference is between religious ideology, in which the ideals are based on immutable revelation from a Divine source, and applied, often in  principle and  by adaptation,  and humanistic secular  ideology, and rejects any ultimately immutable moral authority,  as  in which man is the ultimate moral supremacist who is not held to any transcendent objective standard. 

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Ideology is a comprehensive set of normative beliefs , conscious and unconscious ideas, that an individual, group or society has.

An ideology is narrower in scope than the ideas expressed in concepts such as worldview , imaginary and ontology . [1]

Political ideologies can be proposed by the dominant class of society such as the elite to all members of society as suggested in some Marxist and critical-theory accounts. In societies that distinguish between public and private life , every political or economic tendency entails ideology, whether or not it is propounded as an explicit system of thought. [ further explanation needed ]

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Ideology is a comprehensive set of normative beliefs , conscious and unconscious ideas, that an individual, group or society has.

An ideology is narrower in scope than the ideas expressed in concepts such as worldview , imaginary and ontology . [1]

Political ideologies can be proposed by the dominant class of society such as the elite to all members of society as suggested in some Marxist and critical-theory accounts. In societies that distinguish between public and private life , every political or economic tendency entails ideology, whether or not it is propounded as an explicit system of thought. [ further explanation needed ]

Religion and Ideology are two terms that are likely to be confused due to the closeness in their meanings and concepts. Religion consists in the belief in a superhuman controlling power especially in a personal God or gods entitled to worship ( Defined by The Concise Oxford Dictionary). In other words religion is the branch of knowledge that deals with the methodology of worship and the praise of God.

They can be said to be largely essentially the same. All ideology is not based on truths and proofs, nor does it exclude logical conclusions, nor is all all religion based on unwarranted beliefs. Both present a comprehensive vision, and is how a person or society sees things based upon what they believe to be true.

The difference is between religious ideology, in which the ideals are based on immutable revelation from a Divine source, and applied, often in  principle and  by adaptation,  and humanistic secular  ideology, and rejects any ultimately immutable moral authority,  as  in which man is the ultimate moral supremacist who is not held to any transcendent objective standard. 

From: The Catholic Historical Review
Volume 92, Number 3, July 2006
pp. 321-322 | 10.1353/cat.2006.0222


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