RELIGIONS FROM A-Z
Religion is philosophy and a way of life.
There are about 12 major world religions & many smaller religions.
Each has a well defined belief
in diety, humanity, & the rest of the universe.
The world is big enough to accommodate everyone's beliefs
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African Traditional Religions believe in a supreme God & reverence for sacred places, persons, and objects.
Agnotism neither accepts nor denies the existence of one or more gods.
Amish stress humility, family & community, & separation from the world.
Animism is a philosophical, religious or spiritual idea that souls or spirits exist not only in humans but also in animals, plants, rocks, natural phenomena, geographic or other entities of the natural environment.
The Asatru Folk Assembly is the way by which the Germanic peoples have traditionally related to the Divine & to the world around them.
Assemblies of God believe in the God of the Bible & believe He is working in the world today.
Atheism is the absence of belief in the existence of deities.
Aztec is an ancient as well as currently practiced religion combining elements of polytheism, shamanism * animism within a framework of astronomy & calendrics.
B'ahai is based on the teachings of Baha'u'llah.
Baptist Church is autonomous and there is no official set of Baptist theological beliefs.
Brethren Church is a conservative statement of faith and practice.
Buddhism is meditation in which one learns to be in the present rather than past or future.
Celts are people or descendants of the native speakers of the Celtic languages.
Christian Science teaches that the reality of God denies the reality of sin, sickness, death, and the material world.
The Church of England is the church of the country & part of the Anglican community throughout the world.
Confucianism is founded on the teaching of
Druidism generally promotes harmony with nature.
Free Methodist Church seeks to promote a Christianity that is personal, practical, life-changing, and thoroughly revivalistic.
Gnostism describes a collection of ancient religions that taught that people should shun the material and embrace the spiritual world.
Greek Orthodox is several churches within the larger Orthodox Church.
Hinduism was founded on the existence of a single god manifest in many forms & is the 3rd largest religion in the world.
Huna is a Hawaiian philosophy.
Islamism came from the teachings of the prophet
Muhammad & is the 2nd largest religion in the world.
Jainism originated in India & prescribes a path of non-violence in all forms of living beings.
Judaism refers to sets of beliefs & practices originating in the Jewish bible.
Jehovah's Witness members are ministers and spread their faith with door to door missionary work.
Krishna is a belief in the Hindu god Krishna as the single god.
Mennonites are known as one of the historic peace churches because of their commitment to pacifism.
Moravian Church places premium on Christian Unity, personal piety, music, and missions.
Mythology is the study of myths with the main characters usually gods or supernatural heroes.
New Age is characterized by an individual approach to spiritual practices & philosophies without text or creed.
Orthodox Church is the 2nd largest Christian community & believes that the ultimate goal of every Christian is to become like God, a process called deification.
Occultism is the study of occult or hidden wisdom.
Paginism refers to various non Judeo-Christian religions with various differing definitions as to what religions can actually be defined as being paganism.
Pantheism is the view that everything is part of an all-encompassing immanent God and that the Universe (Nature) and God are equivalent.
Parsi worships fire as god, prays to natural elements, and calls on spirits of deceased ancestors.
Pentecostalism reflects the same kind of spiritual power, worship styles & teachings that were found in the early church. Services feature enthusiastic sermons & hymns.
Peyotism was begun, organized, & directed by & for Native Americans.
Presbyterianism adheres to the Calvinist theology with emphasizes on the sovereignty of God, the authority of the Scriptures, & the necessity of grace through faith in Christ.
Quakers have theological beliefs which vary from some holding very strong evangelical Christian beliefs through the spectrum to some holding predominantly universalist or Christian universalist beliefs.
Roman Catholicism teaches that Catholics should follow the example of Jesus Christ to love one another & recognizes the Trinity which consists of the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit.
Russian Orthodox Church is the largest ecclesiastically independent Eastern Orthodox church in the world.
Satanism comprises a number of related beliefs and social phenomena that share the feature of symbolism, veneration or admiration of Satan.
Scientology teaches that people are immortal spiritual beings who have forgotten their true nature.
Shamanism has a range of traditional beliefs & practices concerned with communication with the spirit world & is important anthropological research.
Shintoism is characterized by the worship of nature, ancestors, polytheism, & animism, with a strong focus on ritual purity, involving honoring and celebrating the existence of spirits.
Sikhism advocates the pursuit of salvation through disciplined, personal meditation on the name & message of God.
Spiritualism is monotheistic distinguished by belief that spirits of the dead can be contacted.
Seventh Day Adventist Church is a Christian denomination which is distinguished by its observance of Saturday as the Sabbath and by its emphasis on the imminent 2nd coming of Jesus Christ.
Taoism focuses on nature, health, longevity, liberty, & spontaneity. Reverence for ancestor spirits and immortals are also common in popular.
Tibetan Buddhism has 4 main schools. Two hold practice as more important and two hold study of philosophy more important.
Unitarian Universalism is a belief in complete & responsible freedom of speech, thought, belief, faith, & disposition, come from any religious background, & hold beliefs from a variety of cultures or religions.
United Church of Christ often uses four words to describe itself: "Christian, Reformed, Congregational and Evangelical".
United Methodist Church seeks to create disciples for Christ through outreach, evangelism, & through seeking holiness through the process of sanctification.
United Pentecostal Church is especially distinguished by its adherence to Oneness theology, its use of baptism in Jesus' name, and an emphasis upon Holiness living in all aspects of one's life.
Vodun is sometimes called Voodoo and is a mixture of the African "yoruba" religion & Catholicism.
Wesleyanism is the system of Christian theology of Methodism taught by John Wesley with 4 basic tenants: scripture, reason, tradition, and experience.
Witchcraft is the use of certain kinds of supernatural or magical powers. Bad witchcraft is used to inflict harm or damage upon members of a community or their property. Good witchcraft involves the use of these powers to heal someone.
Wiccans usually worship a Goddess and a God and include the ritual use of magic, a basic code of morality, and the celebration of eight seasonally based festivals.
Xtian is an informal abbreviation of the word christian. The same as Xmas is a shortening of Christmas
Yoruba is centered around dieties called Orisha and beliefs are the songs, histories, stories and other cultural concepts which make up the Yorùbá religion and society.
Zen emphasizes the attainment of enlightenment and the personal expression of direct insight in the Buddhist teachings.
Zoroastrianism is the religion and philosophy based on the teachings ascribed to an individual named