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A non-denominational person or organization is one that does not follow (or is not restricted to) any particular or specific religious denomination.


The term has been used in the context of various faiths, including Jainism,[1] Baháʼí Faith,[2] Zoroastrianism,[3] Unitarian Universalism,[4] Neo-Paganism,[5] Christianity,[6] Islam,[7] Judaism,[8] Hinduism,[9] Buddhism[10] and Wicca.[11] It stands in contrast with a religious denomination. Religious people of a non-denominational persuasion tend to be more open-minded in their views on various religious matters and rulings. Some converts towards non-denominational strains of thought have been influenced by disputes over traditional teachings in the previous institutions they attended.[12] Nondenominationalism has also been used as a tool for introducing neutrality into a public square when the local populace is derived from a wide-ranging set of religious beliefs.[13]

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  1. ^ Jainism in a global perspective: - Page 115, Sāgaramala Jaina, Shriprakash Pandey, Pārśvanātha Vidyāpīṭha - 1998
  2. ^ Earth Versus the Science-fiction Filmmakers - Page 70, Tom Weaver - 2005
  3. ^ Zoroastrianism: An Introduction - Page 227, Jenny Rose - 2011
  4. ^ Resourcewomen (2000). Religious Funding Resource Guide. p. 439.
  5. ^ Mammone, Andrea (2013). Varieties of Right-Wing Extremism in Europe.
  6. ^ Models for Christian Higher Education, Richard Thomas Hughes, William B. Adrian - 1997, p 403
  7. ^ Pollack, Kenneth (2014). Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy. Simon and Schuster. p. 29. ISBN 9781476733920. Although many Iranian hardliners are Shi'a chauvinists, Khomeini's ideology saw the revolution as pan-Islamist, and therefore embracing Sunni, Shi'a, Sufi, and other, more nondenominational Muslims
  8. ^ Continuity and Change, Steven T. Katz, Steven Bayme - 2012, p 268
  9. ^ Personality Of Adolescents Students - Page 42, D.B. Rao - 2008
  10. ^ The Buddhist Experience in America - Page 147, Diane Morgan - 2004
  11. ^ Wiccan Warrior: Walking a Spiritual Path in a Sometimes Hostile World - Page 173, Kerr Cuhulain - 2000
  12. ^ Boyd, Gloria (2010). African American Religious Experiences. p. 6.
  13. ^ Pope, Robert (2013). T&T Clark Companion to Nonconformity. p. 320.