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As of late-2018, this web site is approaching its 24nd anniversary. When the site first went online, the Internet was in its infancy. Our original intent was to write perhaps 80 essays on different world religions. Now, the site contains about 8,000 essays and menus. During 2016, it received on the order of 12 million visitors a year, mainly from the U.S., UK, Canada and India. We continue to add a new essay, or rewrite an existing essay, once a day.

We recommend the following essays and sections on our web site as being among the most important. 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 thus try to describe all beliefs fairly and accurately.

bullet Key essays:

star symbol About this Web site

bullet Absolute morality

bullet Absolute truth

bullet star symbol Which is the "true" religion?

bullet Where religions came from

bullet The importance of religious doubt

bullet Bad stuff:
bullet Introduction, and a possible cause of, religious hatred, conflict, etc.

bullet Religiously motivated hatred, animosity and intolerance

bullet Religiously motivated conflict, oppression, discrimination, etc.


star symbolViolence, murder, mass murder & genocide -- often religiously motivated *

bullet Wars, mass murders, genocides, etc. at least partly motivated by religion

bullet 9/11 terrorism

bullet Change:
bullet star symbol How religions established, changed, and continue to change their teachings on slavery, the role of women, sexual orientation, etc.
bullet star symbolThe long, slow death of religion, as "the Secular Age is snowballing." An essay donated by James A. Haught.
bullet Tolerance:
bullet Religious tolerance: what it isn't and what it is

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bulletWorld religions:
bullet star symbol World religions  Asatru to Zorastrianism including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Wicca, etc.

bullet Other belief systems, spiritual paths, ethical systems, etc. including Agnosticism, Atheism, Humanism, etc.

bullet Religions in the U.S.

bullet Range of religious beliefs
bullet star symbol Some conclusions: which is the "true" denomination or religion; where did we come from; where are we going after death, and other really fundamental questions
bulletAbout 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? *


A series of essays on Theodicy:

bullet Which is the "true" Christian denomination?

bullet Comparing criteria for salvation: which faith group is right?
bullet star symbol Cardinal beliefs -- the ones that denominations consider most important

bullet A key foundational principle: transfer of sin from the guilty to the innocent

bullet Definition of the term "Christian"

bullet Differences among Protestant faith groups

bullet Differences between Roman Catholicism & conservative Protestantism

bullet How Christians interpret the Bible

bullet Initial Suppositions, Uncomfortable Truths and the Bible *

bullet What did Jesus say about salvation?

bullet Doomsday, destructive Christian cults

bullet The Gospel of Q: the earliest gospel

bullet Do part of the gospels come from Pagan mythology?

bullet Miracles
bulletDiscrimination/hatred/human rights issues:
bullet Ordination of women

bullet Same-sex marriage

bullet Christian persecution of Jews

bullet Separation of church and state

bullet Is opposing same-sex marriage not hate? *

bullet Religious hatred against Wiccans, Gays and Lesbians on the Internet

bullet The beliefs and practices of various faith groups regarding homosexuality

bullet"Hot" religious topics:
bullet star symbol Abortion access: The core question: when does human personhood begin?

bulletCapital punishment

bulletCloning humans

bulletCorporal punishment (a.k.a. spanking children)

bulletDoes absolute truth exist?
bullet star symbol Evolution and creation science

bulletHomosexuality and bisexuality

bullet Six different understandings about the nature of homosexuality
bullet star symbol Gender Identity: Transgender individuals and transsexuals

bulletThe Occult

bullet Physician assisted suicide
bulletUrban folk tales, non-existent panics, and questionable therapies
bullet Pins in Halloween apples

bullet Satanic ritual abuse

bullet Multiple personality disorder

bullet Therapeutic touch

bullet Facilitated communication for persons with autism.
bulletOther topics:
bullet An essay donated by Alton Thompson: "Religion as a Natural Phenomenon"

bullet Movies 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


Do we still need religion? About the functions performed by religions. (2 parts) *


Nothing comes from Nothing: A broad-ranging discussion of God, Logos, Deism, Gnosticism, Evil, Physics, Energy, and the Golden Rule: (4 parts) *

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Note: The essays marked with an askerisk * were donated by our Contributing Editor 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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