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  CATEGORIZATION OF MAJOR WORLD RELIGIONS
Semitic religions are religions that originated among the Semites.
Therefore, Semitic religions are the religions that originated among the Jews, Arabs, Assyrians, Phoenicians, etc. Major Semitic religions are Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Aryan religions are the religions that originated among the Aryans, a powerful group of Indo-European speaking people that spread through Iran and Northern India in the first half of the second Millenium BC (2000 to 1500 BC).
www.islam101.com /religions/categoriesOfReligions.htm   (220 words)

  
  Major world religions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Major religious groups as a percentage of the world population in 2005.
Major world religions have been distinguished from minor religions using a variety of methods, though any such division naturally reflects a particular bias, since many adherents of a religion are likely to consider their own faith "major".
Views evolved during the Enlightenment, however, and, by the 19th century, Western scholars considered the five major religions to be Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Major_world_religions   (764 words)

  
 Talk:Major world religions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Religion articles in particular tend to have the most POV associated with them of almost any articles on WP, and I hestitate to go into the Buddhism article to change it, for example, since the Buddhists on the page would likely view my lowering their number as an attack.
Let all the religions on the page be listed as major religions and keep the classical talk as a historical discussion about what people used to think of as major religions (and add the views of others besides Christians, if possible).
Humanism is an organised belief system (the wider meaning of religion), with the IHEU as the world body, the Amsterdam Declaration as its official statement of principles, and the Happy Human as a world recognised symbol of Humanism.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Talk:Major_world_religions   (5597 words)

  
 Major world religions - Psychology Wiki
Major world religions have been distinguished from minor religions using a variety of methods, though any such division naturally reflects a particular bias, since many adherents of a religion are likely to consider their own faith "major".
Major religions have also been identified based on their perceived importance, whether theological or temporal.
Views evolved during the Enlightenment, however, and, by the 19th century, Western scholars considered the five major religions to be Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
psychology.wikia.com /wiki/Major_world_religions   (707 words)

  
 Major Religions Ranked by Size
From an academic, comparative religions viewpoint, there is no basis for "prescribing" whether it is better for a religion to be highly unified, cohesive, monolithic, and lacking in internal religious diversity, or whether it is better to be fragmented, schismatic, diverse, multifaceted and abounding in variations on the same theme.
As is true with all major religions, there are adherents within all branches of Islam who consider some of or all of the other branches heterodox or not actually part of their religion.
But "Chinese traditional religion" is meant to categorize the common religion of the majority Chinese culture: a combination of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, as well as the traditional non-scriptural/local practices and beliefs.
www.adherents.com /Religions_By_Adherents.html   (11821 words)

  
 Theology: Major World Religions, Statistics
He may not know that he has a religion, just as a person may not know that he has a heart, but it is no more possible for a person to exist without a religion than without a heart.
Religion is the definition of man’s relationship to the origin of everything, and of the purpose acquired as a result of this relationship, and of the rules of conduct that follow from this purpose.
Major religions have also been identified based on their importance, whether theological or temporal.
www.spaceandmotion.com /Theology-World-Religions.htm   (1931 words)

  
 World Religions
Three-fourths of the world’s population are members of seven major world religions: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity, and Islam (see list of world religions table).
Other religions have emerged before and since the 6th century, but none have captured the attention of the world as these major seven.
The intent of this article is to document chronologically the approximate time that these religions appeared in the world and compare their arrival with Israel’s history.
plim.org /wreligions.html   (5197 words)

  
 Major Branches of Religions
Within each world religion are many branches which share a historical background and usually have similarities in doctrines, practice and/or organization.
As discussed on the Religions by Adherents page, there are many distinct religions or religious movements which have more adherents than some of the classical major world religions, but which are not part of the classical list for various reasons.
However, some smaller/newer world religions (or religious movements), such as New Age and Neo-Paganism are really not single religions at all, but are classifications of independent religions and religious bodies which share certain similarities but may have no formal or even historical connections.
www.adherents.com /adh_branches.html   (3799 words)

  
 CULTWATCH
A world religion is one of a number of the most common belief systems held by people around the world.
Since their religion dictates their world view, their understanding of reality, it is used as a set of base rules to help formulate their decisions.
Religion is often described as a quest, a quest for the truth.
www.cultwatch.com /wr.html   (1693 words)

  
 World Religions
Three-fourths of the world’s population are members of seven major world religions: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity, and Islam (see list of world religions table).
Other religions have emerged before and since the 6th century, but none have captured the attention of the world as these major seven.
The intent of this article is to document chronologically the approximate time that these religions appeared in the world and compare their arrival with Israel’s history.
www.plim.org /wreligions.html   (5197 words)

  
 Lesson Plans - Religion and Belief Systems in Asia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Asia not only has significant populations of the world's major belief systems, but is the continent on which many of those religions were founded.
Have students reflect on the emergence of the major religions in Asia by examining the class map showing the spread of the belief systems.
Have students research the spread of one of the religions of Asia and generate a series of thematic maps over the life of the religion.
www.nationalgeographic.com /xpeditions/lessons/10/g68   (906 words)

  
 World religions
There are many definitions for the term "religion" in common usage.
Neopagan faiths are modern-day reconstructions of ancient Pagan religions from various countries and eras.
These are smaller religions, with a well defined belief in deity, humanity and the rest of the universe.
www.religioustolerance.org /var_rel.htm   (659 words)

  
 Major World Religions on the Question of Marriage   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
This fact could lead one to conclude that the major world religions are evenly—or at least deeply—divided on the question of whether marriage requires both a man and a woman.
Worldwide, of 4,237,254,000 total adherents of the five religions, 4,232,732,599 are in religious bodies which affirm the classical definition of marriage (99.9 percent), and 4,521,401 are in religious bodies which support same-sex “marriage” (0.1 percent).
Buddhism is perhaps the hardest of the five major world religions to analyze in terms of the question of the definition of marriage.
www.marriagewatch.org /publications/religions.htm   (4492 words)

  
 Religions of the World
Religion is a belief system that is practiced through faith, obedience, prayer, and worship.
Religion and Ethics Newsweekly and the Southern Poverty Law Center may be useful online resources.
Included are basic beliefs, conflicts between the religions, effects on science and society, and their origin and history.
www.42explore2.com /religion.htm   (1352 words)

  
 BBC - Religion & Ethics - Religions
Paganism describes a group of contemporary religions based on a reverence for nature.
One of the youngest of the world's major religions.
The religion founded by Guru Nanak in India in the 15th Century CE.
www.bbc.co.uk /religion/religions   (175 words)

  
 Religions of the World Ranked by Number of Adherents   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
This material is only intended to describe the reasoning for listing groups as "major religions" and determining their general size.
Some other religions which exist substantially only within a single country have been excluded from this list of "Major Religions of the World." It is true that Juche has only a nominal presence outside of North Korea.
Other than geographic isolation, the other argument for excluding Juche from this list of major religions would be that it is not a completely independent system, but rather than a subset of Communism.
www.mylinuxisp.com /~jrlaw/islam/major_religions_of_the_world.htm   (11111 words)

  
 Religions of the World   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
From the earliest known evidence of human religion by Homo Sapiens Neanderthalensis around 100,000 years ago to the present day, religion continues to be a very influential aspect of human lives.
Religion is the universal tool for explaining things which we do not understand through the context the known physical world.
Religion helps us to transmit our values from one generation to another, and influences the way we interact with the natural environment.
www.mnsu.edu /emuseum/cultural/religion   (297 words)

  
 Classical World Religions List
The exact number of religions in the world is unknown.
The classification of major religions is fairly recent.
In the early Enlightenment Period some western scholars attempted to categorize the “world religions.” At first, three religious groups were recognized: (1) Christians (2) Jews and (3) Pagans (i.e.
www.theologicalstudies.org /classicalreligionlist.html   (370 words)

  
 Five Major World Religions
Christianity is the major religion in Europe and the entire Western Hemisphere (all of the Americas).
ISLAM is the name given to the religion preached by the prophet Muhammad in the 600s A. He was an Arab born in Mecca who believed he had been sent by God (Allah) to guide his people and be their messenger.
HINDUISM is one of the world's oldest religions.
www.workersforjesus.com /five.htm   (1281 words)

  
 The major world religions
Taoism became a religion in 440 CE when it was adopted as a state religion.
Although these religions arose from the teachings of the prophets of one God, Bahá'í's do not believe they are all the same.
Adherents.com - Major religions of the world ranked by the number of adherents.
www.omsakthi.org /religions.html   (3373 words)

  
 Amazon.com: World Religions: Books: Warren Matthews   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
In these sections students can see how the different religions understand a common set of ten themes that are fundamental to all traditions, including the nature of the Absolute, the place of humans in the world, rituals and symbols, and the prospects for life after death.
Matthews is to be commended for his hubris and attempting to distillate the essential characteristics of the major world religions.
World Religions, Fifth Edition, addresses these opportunities by helping stu?dents learn the essential history and beliefs of the peoples of the world.
www.amazon.com /World-Religions-Warren-Matthews/dp/0495007099   (1885 words)

  
 What's Next? Heaven, hell, and salvation in major world religions -- Beliefnet.com
For those who believe in Olam Ha-Ba, there is debate about whether the term refers to heaven and hell (Gan Eden/Gehinnom) or whether it refers to this world as it will be in the messianic era after the resurrection of the dead (tehiyat ha-metim)--or whether it is something entirely different.
Generally speaking, there are four paths to Moksha, each a different form of yoga: the path of meditation (raja yoga); the path of knowledge (jnana yoga); the path of good works (karma yoga); and the path of devotion (bhakti yoga).
Hindus believe in the sacredness of other religions and that any expression of the divine is an expression of the Absolute, the universal spirit (Brahman), and so non-Hindus can achieve Moksha.
www.beliefnet.com /story/173/story_17380_1.html   (1291 words)

  
 World Religions: Comparative Analysis
A similar syncretistic trend is encouraged by the suggestion to consider the various world religions as alternative paths to the same transcendental finality or, using a known illustration, many paths to the same mountain peak.
Therefore the other option is that world religions are not pieces of the same puzzle (parts of the same spiritual "elephant") or alternative paths to the same goal.
Some may believe that a comparative analysis of the major world religions like this may fuel religious hatred and intolerance, but this is wrong.
www.comparativereligion.com   (1157 words)

  
 Chinese Astrology by Shelly Wu - Feature Article
Jesus, the son of the Virgin Mary and her husband Joseph, was bothered by many of the laws and practices of his native Jewish faith and began preaching his own message of God and religion.
Though it is the youngest of the world's great religions many Muslims do not view it as a new religion.
They dedicate their lives to a three-fold path represented by their motto: "Good thoughts, good words, good deeds." The faith does not generally accept converts but this is disputed by some members.
www.chineseastrology.com /wu/worldrelig.html   (2350 words)

  
 History of Major World Religions
Discover the history of the major world religions and the basis for the spirituality and religious traditions and beliefs of their people.
Knowing the history of major world religions helps students to better understand and communicate the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with people from different religious backgrounds.
The world's different religions are presented to the scholar in this 200 page hardcover book recommended for ages 12 and up.
www.learningthings.com /Categories/RELIGION.htm   (288 words)

  
 LESSON PLAN
Students will demonstrate and understanding of the concept of movement as it is applied to the five major world religions.
Students will analyze the idea that religion drives many governments and most cultures as well as economic and education systems around the world.
Students will predict the futures of these religions and the cultures that are so heavily influenced by them.
www.polsci.wvu.edu /facdis/Scotchielessonplan03.htm   (2217 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Introduction to the World's Major Religions: Six Volumes]: Books: Randall L. Nadean,John M. Thompson,Lee ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Confucianism and Taoism are defined as world religions, using sociological criteria.
World religions and religious diversity are increasingly being taught in schools.
The purpose of these 6 narrative volumes, each covering a major world religion, is to provide high school students on up and general readers witha clear, objective, detailed overview on the religion's history of foundation, text and major tenets, branches, practice worldwide, rituals and holidays, and major figures.
www.amazon.com /Introduction-Worlds-Major-Religions-Volumes/dp/0313336342   (1041 words)

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