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As of 2013-MAY, the beginning of our 18th year online, this web site contained about 6,500 essays and menus. It continues to grow at about one essay per day.

We recommend the following essays as being among the most important on this site. Many deal with topics that are not covered in schools, churches, the media or religious education courses. Many are covered elsewhere in the Internet, but are mixed in with heaps of misinformation and disinformation.

This web site is one of the few locations on the Internet where you can see all viewpoints on each topic. Most religious web sites only promote the belief system of the webmaster(s) or the site sponsor. We are a multi-faith group and thus try to describe all beliefs fairly and accurately.

bulletKey essays:
bulletAbsolute morality
bulletAbsolute truth
bulletWhich is the "true" religion?
bulletWhere religions came from
bulletThe importance of religious doubt

bulletBad stuff:
bulletIntroduction, and a possible cause of, religious hatred, conflict, etc.
bulletReligiously motivated hatred, animosity and intolerance
bulletReligiously motivated conflict, oppression, discrimination, etc.
bulletReligiously motivated violence, murder, mass murder & genocide
bulletWars, mass murders, genocides, etc. at least partly motivated by religion
bullet9/11 terrorism

bulletChange:
bulletHow religions established, changed, and continue to change their teachings on slavery, the role of women, sexual orientation, etc.
 
bulletTolerance:
bulletReligious tolerance: what it isn't and what it is
 
bulletWorld religions:
bulletWorld religions  Asatru to Zorastrianism including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Wicca, etc.
bulletOther belief systems, spiritual paths, ethical systems, etc. including Agnosticism, Atheism, Humanism, etc.
bulletReligions in the U.S.
bulletRange of religious beliefs
bulletConclusions: which is the "true" denomination or religion; where did we come from; where are we going after death, and other really fundamental questions
 
bullet About God:
bullet Gods, Goddesses & other deities, as perceived by various religions
bullet Why has God / The All / The Source left us uninformed about what life is all about? *
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A series of essays on Theodicy:

bulletChristianity:
bulletWhich is the "true" Christian denomination?
bulletComparing criteria for salvation: which faith group is right?
bulletCardinal beliefs -- the ones that denominations consider most important
bulletA key foundational principle: transfer of sin from the guilty to the innocent
bulletDefinition of the term "Christian"
bulletDifferences among Protestant faith groups
bulletDifferences between Roman Catholicism & conservative Protestantism
bulletHow Christians interpret the Bible
bullet Initial Suppositions, Uncomfortable Truths and the Bible *
bulletWhat did Jesus say about salvation?
bulletDoomsday, destructive Christian cults
bulletThe Gospel of Q: the earliest gospel
bulletDo part of the gospels come from Pagan mythology?
bulletMiracles
 
bulletDiscrimination/hatred/human rights issues:
bulletOrdination of women
bulletSame-sex marriage
bulletChristian persecution of Jews
bulletSeparation of church and state
bullet Is opposing same-sex marriage not hate? *
bulletReligious hatred against Wiccans, Gays and Lesbians on the Internet
bulletThe beliefs and practices of various faith groups regarding homosexuality
 
bullet"Hot" religious topics:
bulletAbortion access: when does human personhood begin?
bulletCapital punishment
bulletCloning humans
bulletCorporal punishment (a.k.a. spanking children)
bulletDoes absolute truth exist?
bulletEvolution and creation science
bulletHomosexuality and bisexuality
bulletSix different understandings about the nature of homosexuality
bulletGender Identity: Transgenderism, transsexualism
bulletThe Occult
bulletPhysician assisted suicide
 
bulletUrban folktales, non-existent panics, and questionable therapies
bulletPins in Halloween apples
bulletSatanic ritual abuse
bulletMultiple personality disorder
bulletTherapeutic touch
bulletFacilitated communication for persons with autism.
 
bulletOther topics:
bulletMovies with a religious or spiritual theme
bullet How public opinion polls lie, either intentionally or by accident: Part 1 Part 2
bullet Social networking with a religious tolerance theme on facebook; our facebook group

* These essays are donated by Susan Humphreys. They are sometimes written from a single point of view and do not necessarily include the full range of beliefs that exist about the topic.

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