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Lots of data, but no conclusions...

One of our visitors suggested that our web site contains a lot of religious data, opinions, beliefs, and practices. But it lacks guidance; it lacks a conclusion. For example:

bullet How does one digest all of the data about the beliefs and practices of dozens of faith groups and religious traditions, and
bullet How does one study all of the religious opinions about dozens of "hot" religious topics, and  

decide which spiritual and religious path is the right (or true, or correct, or best, or least-worse) choice?

Our reader raised an interesting point. In our essays, we do not normally draw conclusions, except in rare cases when the author adds their own comments. Our policy has always been to provide our visitors with a balanced presentation of both or all sides to each issue. For example: 

bullet On Christian matters, we explain what the most conservative and the most liberal theologians believe, while realizing that most Christians' beliefs probably lie somewhere in the middle. Sometimes, we include in 1st and 2nd century teachings as well. We let our reader reach their own conclusions. 
bullet On controversial social matters, we also explain all sides to an issue. On homosexuality, for example, we describe the typical conservative Christian point of view, and contrast it with the beliefs of gays, lesbians, human sexuality researchers and mental-health professionals. Again, we assume that the visitor will reach their own conclusions.

It may well be that our religious backgrounds have influenced how we designed our web site. Two of us are Unitarian Universalists; UUs are known to be dedicated seekers after truth but not necessarily very good finders of truth. 

Perhaps some of our visitors are interested in religious conclusions, not just religious information. So here are our suggested answers to some really basic questions. We do warn you that some of the conclusions below are influenced by our religious faiths; this essay is not as balanced and objective as the rest of this web site.

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Topics covered in this section:

bullet Religious questions:
bullet Which Christian denomination is the true church?
bullet Which is the best religion?
bullet How should we behave as individuals?
bullet How should we treat others?
bullet Which religion has the correct belief about deity?
bullet Other questions, conclusions & recommendations:
bullet Where did we come from?
bullet Is there life after death
bullet What is the meaning of life?
bullet Conclusions
bullet Recommendations
bullet References used

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Copyright 2000 to 2002 incl., by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2000-JUL-14
Latest update: 2002-MAY-24
Author: B.A. Robinson

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