Religions of the world: Information about
|What is religion? There are many
definitions for the
term "religion" in common usage. On this web site, we define it very
broadly, in order to include the greatest number of belief systems:
"Religion is any specific system of belief about deity, often involving
rituals, a code of ethics, and a philosophy of life." Thus we include
here all of the great monotheistic religions, Eastern religions; Neopagan
religions; a wide range of other faith groups, spiritual paths, and ethical
systems; and beliefs about the existence of God(s) and Goddess(es). We
recognize that most people define "religion" in a much more exclusive
doomsday cults: These are fortunately few in number, and are listed
What doesn't make sense about religion: Religions of the world teach very different beliefs about the nature and existence of God, Gods, the Goddess, Goddesses, pantheons of Gods and Goddesses, etc. But almost all share one belief: that they are correct and everyone else is wrong. Even within a single religion, many denominations, traditions and faith groups teach very different beliefs including the belief that they are right and all of the other faith groups in their religion are wrong to some degree.
Information for these essays was extracted from reliable sources, and believed to be accurate and reasonably unbiased. Where possible, they have been reviewed by a group (typically 3 or more) of persons who follow the belief before the material is placed online.
There are many, long established, major world religions, each with over three million followers.
Christian groups, denominations and families (Amish to The Way)
Confucianism [Actually, this religion has no formal symbol. But this one is sometimes used unofficially]|
If we had been born in Saudi Arabia, we would almost certainly hold Muslim beliefs; in Alabama: conservative Protestant Christian; in Thailand: Buddhist; in much of Europe: secular. Pure chance. So. please use the menu above to find out what your beliefs might have been if the stork who delivered you had been blown off course.
1 Neopagan faiths are modern-day reconstructions of ancient Pagan religions from various countries and eras. They experience a high but diminishing level of discrimination and persecution in North America. They were once rarely practiced in public for reasons of safety. This is rapidly changing for the better.
|Ásatrú (Norse Paganism)|
|Many followers of Asatru refer to themselves as "Heathens" rather than "Neopagans.
|Many followers of these religions refer to themselves as "Pagans." We use the term "Neopagan" because it is less ambiguous. "Pagan" has a variety of unrelated meanings.|
These are smaller religions, with a well defined belief in deity, humanity and the rest of the universe. Of the many hundreds of faith groups in the world, we have chosen these because of their historical significance, or because of the massive amount of misinformation that has been spread about them in North America:
|Elian Gonzalez religious movement|
|\ Hare Krishna - ISKCON|
|Ifa, the religion of the Yoruba people of West Africa|
|Native American Spirituality|
|Rom, Roma, Romani, Rroma, (a.k.a. Gypsies)|
|Satanism; The Church of Satan|
|The Creativity Movement (formerly called World Church of the Creator)|
|The Yazidi branch of Yazdanism|
|Ethical groups, philosophies, spiritual
paths, etc. From Agnosticism and Atheism to Vampirism|
| About the largest religious groups in the U.S.|
|Comparison of beliefs among different
|General information about
|A glossary of religious terms|
list of books on religion and spirituality|
|Resources on religious beliefs and practices for chaplains, medical personnel, hospital personnel, and anyone else dealing with the public.|
|Selecting holy texts from the world's religions for public meditation rooms, personal library, etc..|
There are probably tens of millions of religious web sites on the Internet. A Google search for "God" returned almost 500 million hits. Most describe and promote only a single tradition or faith group within a single religion. Some of the sites that do cover a broad range of faith groups are:
|Visit the Spiritual belief system selector quiz by SelectSmart.com|
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Last updated: 2013-APR-26
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Author: B.A. Robinson
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