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Glossary of spiritual and religious terms

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Using religious terms:

bulletReligious words, terms, phrases and symbols with multiple (often unrelated) meanings
bulletDifferences in the definitions of terms used by Evangelicals and by others
bulletUsing religious terms in essays, reports, etc.
bulletUsing secular terms in essays, reports, etc. about "hot" religious topics.

Other glossaries of religious terms on the Internet:

bulletAsatru terms: http://altreligion.about.com/ and http://hem.passagen.se/
bulletAtheist terms: http://members.madasafish.com/
bulletBuddhist terms: http://www.ncf.carleton.ca/
bulletA glossary of Mahayana & Tibetan Buddhism terms: http://users.hunterlink.net.au/
bulletChristian terms:
bulletChristian Church (Disciples of Christ): http://www.kencollins.com/
bulletCounter-cult Movement: http://www.watchman.org/
bulletEpiscopalian: http://www.holycross.net/
bulletEpiscopal/Anglican: http://www.vergers.org/
bulletEvangelical Christian: http://www.endtimes.org/
bulletMennonite terms: http://www.thirdway.com/
bulletOrthodox Christianity: http://www.antiochian.org/
bulletOrthodox liturgical terms: http://www.orthodoxpsalm.org/ (at bottom of page)
bulletRoman Catholic: http://www.newadvent.org/
bulletGnostic terms: http://www.kheper.net/
bulletHindu terms: http://www.digiserve.com/
bulletIslamic terms: http://www.islam101.com/ and http://www.geocities.com/
bulletJewish terms: http://www.digiserve.com/, http://www.ujc.org/ and http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/
bulletMetaphysical terms: http://thecave.virtualave.net
bulletReligion and Society at: http://www.hartfordinstitute.org/
bulletScientology and Dianetics terms: http://www.scientology.org/
bulletSikh terms: http://www.sikhs.org and http://www.canteach.ca/
bulletVampire/Vampyre terms
bulletWiccan terms: http://www.msu.edu
bulletZen terms: http://www.symynet.com/ and http://www.geocities.com/
bulletZoroastrian terms: http://www.avesta.org/

The Glossarist has a list of hyperlinks to -- at last count -- 76 religious glossaries and dictionaries at: http://www.glossarist.com/

The Religious Newswriters Association maintains a religion stylebook at: http://www.religionstylebook.org/

Specialist glossaries on this website:

bulletTerms related to Satanic Ritual Abuse
bulletTerms related to human sexuality
bulletTerms related to transgenderism, transsexualism, and gender identity:
bulletWords beginning with A to S
bulletWords beginning from T to Z

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The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Jim Lawless, "Total Depravity" at: http://www.bibleclass.com/lib/misc/td.htm 
  2. Karen Armstrong, "The Battle for God," Knopf, (2000). This book studies Fundamentalism in Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store 
  3. David Levinson, "Religion: A cross-cultural dictionary," Oxford University Press, (1998). Read reviews or order this book
  4. The "World Wide Encyclopedia of Christianity" is available online at: http://www.ccel.org/php/wwec.php

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Originally written: 2003-JAN-28
Latest update: 2015-FEB-04
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