The cross of Christianity, the Star of David from Judaism and the crescent moon of Islam displayed on metal framework
From left to right: The symbols of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. (Image credit: Hanan Isachar via Getty Images)

Billions of people across the world believe in a higher power, be it God, gods or something else spiritual. Live Science breaks down the history of that belief, from the origins of religion to the many modern denominations of Christianity, along with the psychology of faith, such as whether belief in God is a delusion or how religion is good (and bad) for mental health

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