The term "Abrahamic
Religions" is derived from the Abraham of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old
Testament). Through him, God is said to have made a
covenant with the Jewish people. The three major religions which trace their roots back to
Abraham are often referred to as the Abrahamic religions (a.k.a. Abramic
religions). These are: Judaism,
Wikipedia states: "What constitutes an Abrahamic religion can be
controversial, as this is not a standardized classification, and the
terminology is often used to imply continuity between divergent faiths, in a
way that is offensive to some adherents of those faiths." 15 Sometimes, the
Baha'i Faith is included. Many small
non-Jewish groups such as the Druze, Falashas,
Karaits, Mandaeans, Rastafarians, Samaritans, etc. trace their spiritual
roots back to Abraham, but are not generally considered Abrahamic religions.
A common dictionary definition of "Atheist" is a person who believes that
no supernatural deity exists.
In the early days of the Christian movement, the Roman Government
considered Christians to be Atheists because they did not believe
in the existence of the Pagan Gods and Goddesses whose existence was taught by
the state religion.
Many Atheists themselves define the term as referring to anyone who has no
knowledge of a deity. A newborn, for example, would be an Atheists under this
definition because they have no awareness of supernatural being(s). They
use the term "strong Atheist" to refer to a person who actively believes that no deity
or deities exists.
We recommend that the third definition be selected, because that it the one
that Atheists themselves use. More details
These terms originally meant a series of esoteric activities in which
neophytes were gradually introduced to the group's secret knowledge. This once
included such essentially unrelated and diverse activities as
Tea-leaf reading, Satanism, astrology, the Masonic Order,
Tarot cards, horoscopes, etc.
However, the original definition rarely applies today. Anyone can
now go to any large bookstore and purchase books which describe these activities in
Some conservative Christians view the occult as a highly organized and coordinated, profoundly
evil, criminal, destructive, life threatening, international organization controlled by
Satan worshippers. Their goal is to create many "fronts" for
Satanism to entrap people, and lure them into worshipping Satan. Many
conservative Christians define the term "occult" very broadly to also include heavy
metal music, yoga, some forms of meditation, etc.
Others see it as a harmless group of unrelated, fascinating,
collection of religions, methods of foretelling the future, men's
spiritual organizations, and other groups and pastimes. More details
A general-purpose snarl word to attack a person whose beliefs are
different from the speaker's.
An ancient polytheist -- e.g. Canaanites, ancient Romans, ancient
A follower of an Aboriginal religion --e.g. Native American
A follower of a religion other than the classical three Abrahamic
religions: Judaism, Islam or Christianity. Abrahamic religions are those
which revere the patriarch Abraham. The Baha'i Faith should qualify as an Abrahamic faith, but often is not
considered one. Under this definition,
the world is about 33% Christian, 20% Muslim, less than 1% Jewish and
When used in a religious sense, these terms can refer to many different and
unrelated faith traditions:
The term has been used to refer to the recreation of major ancient
Mediterranean religions, most of which
which had become extinct by about 1000 CE. Examples include ancient Pagan religions from Canaanite,
Celtic, Egypt, Greek, Norse, and Roman cultures. Included within this
Reconstructionist Judaism is a new,
small, liberal movement started by Mordecai Kaplan as an attempt to unify and
revitalize the religion. They reject the belief that Jews are a uniquely
favored and chosen people.
Reconstructionism is an ultra-conservative form of Christianity which
advocates a return to the Mosaic Code. This is an attractive religion for
those who would wish to become slave owners. If the religion gains control
of the U.S. or Canada, it could mean the death sentence for about 90% of
the adult population of North Americans if they continued their current
behaviors. Likely to be executed would be women who were not virgins when
they first married, gays, lesbians, persons who worshiped other Gods,
persons who engaged in adultery, etc.