Religious Literacy

Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, Palestine

The following information about religions should hopefully give you an overview of some popular religions and nonreligious views and what their beliefs are. This list is nowhere near exhaustive and I encourage you to research on your own about a religion or religions in which you may be interested. 

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  • New Religious Movements

    “One of the most fascinating things about religions is that, like all forms of life and culture, they are constantly changing. Change occurs for many reasons. Sometimes followers of one religion move into another culture, and their religion mixes with ...

  • Indigenous Religions

    “The practice of native religions take place throughout the world. Among the Ainu in far northern Japan, the Inuit (Eskimo) in Canada, the aboriginal peoples of Australia, the Maori of New Zealand, and the many indigenous peoples of Africa and ...

  • Abrahamic Religions

    Judaism “Judaism, with its 3,000-year existence, is one of the world’s oldest living religions. Like all religions, Judaism has evolved over time, but several key beliefs pervade its rich history. First and foremost is the belief that YHWH (usually pronounced ...

  • Asian Religions

    Hinduism “Hinduism is the oldest and perhaps the most complex of all the living, historical world religions. It has no one single identifiable founder. The actual names found for the religion in the Hindu scriptures are Vedic Religion, i.e., the Religion ...

  • Non-Religious Worldviews

    Atheism “Atheism is usually defined incorrectly as a belief system. Atheism is not a disbelief in gods or a denial of gods; it is a lack of belief in gods. Older dictionaries define atheism as 'a belief that there is no ...


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