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A scriptural belief-tribe is one which holds that certain writings represent infallible truth received from some higher being or plane of existence. These writings are generally called scripture, and the sets of beliefs subscribed to by these groups are called religions or faiths.

There is ongoing conflict globally between such groups with differing sets of beliefs (due to different scriptures being followed) as well as between (on the one hand) scripture-based belief and (on the other) evidence-based belief (i.e. science); at its core, this conflict is essentially between authoritarianism/tribalism and individualism (or at least anti-authoritarianism); see reason vs. religion.