Religions

Religion is a set of common beliefs and practices pertaining to the supernatural (and its relationship to humanity and the cosmos), which are often codified into prayer, ritual, scriptures, and religious law. These beliefs and practices are typically defined in light of a shared canonical vocabulary of venerable traditions, writings, history, and mythology.

 

Religions have sacred histories and narratives, which may be preserved in sacred scriptures, and symbols and holy places, that aim mostly to give a meaning to life. Religions may contain symbolic stories, which are sometimes said by followers to be true, that have the side purpose of explaining the origin of life, the universe, and other things.

 

The world’s principal religions and spiritual traditions may be classified into a small number of major groups, although this is by no means a uniform practice. This theory began in the 18th century with the goal of recognizing the relative levels of civility in societies.

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Religious Intolerance

Religious Intolerance Religious intolerance is intolerance of another’s religious beliefs or practices or lack thereof. Mere statements which are contrary to one’s beliefs do not constitute intolerance. Religious intolerance, rather, occurs when a group (e.g., a society, a religious group, a non-religious group) specifically refuses to tolerate one’s practices, persons or beliefs on...

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Theology Of Martin Luther

Theology Of Martin Luther The theology of Martin Luther was instrumental in influencing the Protestant Reformation, specifically topics dealing with justification by faith, the relationship between the Law and Gospel (also an instrumental component of Reformed theology), and various other theological ideas. Although Luther never wrote a systematic theology or a “summa” in the style of St. Thomas...

The Harrowing of Hell as depicted by Fra Angelico

Justification In Christian Theology

Justification In Christian Theology Justification in Christian theology is God’s righteous act of removing the condemnation, guilt, and penalty of sin, by grace, while, at the same time, declaring the unrighteous to be righteous, through faith in Christ’s atoning sacrifice. The means of justification is an area of significant difference amongst the diverse theories of atonement defended within...

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Doomsday Cult

Doomsday Cult A doomsday cult is a cult that believes in apocalypticism and millenarianism, including both those that predict disaster and those that attempt to destroy the entire universe. Sociologist John Lofland coined the term doomsday cult in his 1966 study of a group of members of the Unification Church of the United States: Doomsday Cult: A Study of Conversion, Proselytization, and Maintenance of...

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Holy Ghost

Holy Ghost Synopsis of the dogma The doctrine of the Catholic Church concerning the Holy Ghost forms an integral part of her teaching on the mystery of the Holy Trinity, of which St. Augustine (On the Holy Trinity I.3.5), speaking with diffidence, says: “In no other subject is the danger of erring so great, or the progress so difficult, or the fruit...

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Luqman

Luqman The Wise Luqman (لقمان, Luqmān; also known as Luqman the Wise or Luqman al-Hakeem) was a wise man after whom Surah Luqman, the 31st sura (chapter) of the Quran, was named. Luqman (c. 1100 BC) is believed to have been from Nubia or from Egypt. There are many stories about Luqman in Persian, Arabic and Turkish literature, with the primary historical sources for his life being Tafsir...

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Elijah In Islam

Elijah In Islam This article covers the prophet of the Israelites, Elijah, in Islam. Ilyas (Ilyās, إلياس) was a prophet and messenger of God (Allah) who was sent to guide the Children of Israel. He was given the prophetic mission to prevent people from worshipping idols. Ilyas is the prophetic predecessor to Alyasa. Some Islamic scholars...

The shrine of Shuayb, as believed by the Druze and some Muslims, near Hittin in the Galilee

Prophet Shuaib

Prophet Shuaib Prophet Shuaib (Shoaib, Shuayb or Shuʿayb, شعيب, “who shows the right path”) is an ancient Midianite Nabi (Prophet) in Islam and the most revered prophet in the Druze faith. Shuayb is traditionally identified with the Biblical Jethro, Moses‘ father-in-law. Prophet Shuaib has mentioned in the Quran a total of 11 times. He is believed to have lived after Ibrahim (Abraham),...

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The Blessed Trinity

The Blessed Trinity The gift of grace renders the Blessed Trinity present to the soul in a new manner: that is, as the object of direct, though inchoative, knowledge and as the object of experimental love. This article is divided as follows: Dogma of the Trinity Proof of the doctrine...

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Pentecost

Pentecost The Christian holiday of Pentecost is celebrated on the 50th day (the seventh Sunday) from Easter Sunday. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:1–31). The holiday is also called “Whit Sunday”, “Whitsunday” or...

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Disciple

Disciple (Christianity) In Christianity, disciple primarily refers to a dedicated follower of Jesus. This term is found in the New Testament only in the Gospels and Acts. In the ancient world, a disciple is a follower or adherent of a teacher. Discipleship is not the same as being a student in the modern sense. A disciple in the ancient...

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Liturgical Books

Liturgical Books Under this name we understand all the books, published by the authority of any church, that contain the text and directions for her official (liturgical) services. It is now the book that forms the standard by which one has to judge whether a certain service or prayer or ceremony is official and liturgical or...

Traditional arrangement of symbolic foods on a Passover Seder Plate

Passover Prayers And Blessings

Passover Prayers And Blessings We have collected some of the best Passover Prayers And Blessings for protection and support to use in our request to God. May these prayers for safety bring you comfort and peace of mind. May these prayers for strength encourage your spirit and strengthen your faith....

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Easter Prayers

Easter Prayers We have collected some of the best Easter Prayers for protection and support to use in our request to God. May these prayers for safety bring you comfort and peace of mind. May these prayers for strength encourage your spirit and strengthen your faith. Easter, also called Pascha or...

The Sermon on the Mount. Carl Bloch, 1890

Unfulfilled Christian Religious Predictions

Unfulfilled Christian Religious Predictions This article lists unfulfilled Christian religious predictions that failed to come about in the specified time frame, listed by religious groups. Adventism, Millerism Adventism has its roots in the teachings of Baptist preacher by the name of William Miller. He first predicted the Second Advent of Jesus...

Freedom Of Religion And Apostasy

Freedom Of Religion And Apostasy

Freedom Of Religion And Apostasy Freedom Of Religion And Apostasy: Addressing Tensions Between Ethical and Legal Perspectives in Islam. The way we understand the state, religion, individual, and how they are related to one another is much different now than how we conceptualized them in premodern times. Today, political alliances are...

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Enjoining Good And Forbidding Wrong

Enjoining Good And Forbidding Wrong This article covers an Islamic rule of the way of life called: “Enjoining Good And Forbidding Wrong.“ Enjoining (what is) right and forbidding (what is) wrong ( الأمر بالمَعْرُوف والنَهي عن المُنْكَر, al-amr bi-l-maʿrūf wa-n-nahy ʿani-l-munkar) are two important duties imposed by God in Islam, as revealed in...

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Kafir

Kafir Kafir (كافر kāfir; plural كَافِرُونَ kāfirūna, كفّار kuffār or كَفَرَة kafarah) is an Arabic term which, in the Islamic tradition, refers to a person who disbelieves in God as per Islam, or denies his authority, or rejects the tenets of Islam. The term is often translated as “infidel“, “pagan“, “rejector”,”denier”, “disbeliever”, “unbeliever”, “nonbeliever”. The term is used in different ways...

Holy Books of Mormonism

The Book Of Mormon 1

The Book Of Mormon The Book of Mormon is a religious text of the Latter Day Saint movement, which, according to Latter Day Saint theology, contains writings of ancient prophets who lived on the American continent from 600 BC to AD 421 and during an interlude dated by the text to the unspecified time of the Tower of Babel....

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Catholic Epistles

Catholic Epistles The catholic epistles (general epistles) are seven epistles of the New Testament. Listed in order of their appearance in the New Testament. Catholic Epistle, the name given to the Epistle of St. James, to that of St. Jude, to two Epistles of St. Peter and the first three of St. John,...