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General information on religion:
Origins, links, quotes, news, holy days,
myths & legends, doubt, glossary of terms,

See elsewhere in this web site for descriptions of beliefs and practices of specific religious groups

Key individual essays:

bulletHow beliefs differ among (and within) various religions
bulletHow Christians establish their beliefs and policies
bulletHow religion initially developed

Donated essays:

bulletThe Axial Age and its consequences: times of rapid change
bulletWhy religion can inspire so much evil as well as good
bulletWhat causes religiously motivated intolerance, hatred, violence, etc?
bulletWhat believers think of their own religion, compared to other faiths
bulletThe importance of balance among the many dimensions of faith
bulletCan a person be both a Christian and a Muslim?
bulletAbout God as viewed by many different religions
bulletThe Ethics of Reciprocity a.k.a. The Golden Rule
bullet Religious myths and legends
bullet Which is the "true" Christian denomination, according to evangelicals, Mormons, etc.
bulletWhich is the "true" religion? 

bullet How public opinion polls lie, either intentionally or by accident: Part 1 Part 2

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Basic religious data: dozens of essays on religions; numbers of members, practices, trends, policies, abuse, predictions for the future, holy days, etc.

bulletThe importance of doubt in religious faith
bulletRecommended books on theology, religion and spirituality
bulletLinks to other religious sites
bulletQuotes: religious, philosophical & humorous
bulletGlossary of religious terms [A to Z] 

bulletJewish, Christian & Muslim conflicts over Jerusalem and its Temple Mount

Reducing religion-inspired conflict:

bulletBy balancing organized religions' expectations
bulletBy removing passages from holy books that promote hatred, violence, etc.

bulletA listing of some of the above passages in the Bible
bulletBy proper use of the Golden Rule
bulletBy modifying how religion is taught
bulletThe menorah incident at Billings, MT

Religion in the news:

bulletToday's news: items from various news sources

bulletNews of religious intolerance, change, and conflict

bulletNews of religious tolerance and spirituality

Religious terms and language:

bulletDifferences between Evangelical Christians and others, over meanings of religious words

bullet Religious terms with multiple meanings




bulletUse of religious terms in essays and articles

bulletA good example of how not to report religious information

bulletUse of secular terms in writing about "hot" religious topics

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Religious holy days:

bulletLists of religious festivals, holy days, seasonal days of celebration, etc:
bulletFor each month from 2001 to the present time

bulletList of religious festivals, ancient and modern

bulletImportant holy days for major religions
bulletReligious and secular calendars:
bulletCalendars from Baha'i to Zoroastrianism

bulletThe use of CE and BCE in place of AD and BC
bulletBackground information

bulletYearly celebrations by Christianity, Judaism, Aboriginal and Neopagan religions at:
bullet The spring equinox, MAR-21 or so in the Northern Hemisphere


The summer solstice, JUN-21 or so: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3

bulletThe fall equinox, SEP-21 or so

bulletThe winter solstice, DEC-21 or so

bulletAmerican annual observances:
bullet The National Day of Prayer (NDP)

bulletThe National Day of Reason (NDR): An alternative celebration on the same day: Part 1 Part 2

End of the world & Y2K fears:

bulletTEOTWAWKI: The End Of The World As We Know It


Y2K computer problems that never materialized: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4

bulletThe 'secret' FBI Megiddo report on religious terrorism

bulletThe Canadian CSIS report on religious terrorism 

Church apologies:

bullet"Remorse that ends sin" A brief essay by the Christian Science Monitor

bullet Roman Catholic apology for past sins and errors issued 2000-MAR-07

bulletChristian apology to Jews and Muslims for the Crusades

bulletApologies by Canadian denominations for abuse in residential schools

Misc. topics:

bulletCharitable giving: horror stories and guidance

bulletFinancial monitoring of Christian ministries by Ministry Watch
bulletCommon misconceptions about religions belief and practice
bulletSin: how it is viewed in different religions
bulletCan prayer assess the will of God? - a pilot study
bulletIs the Bible inerrant (free of error)?
bulletWhat is truth?
bullet Exceptions to the Ethic of reciprocity (Golden Rule)
bulletThe religious diversity among the crew of the space shuttle Columbia

Essays donated by Susan Humphreys:

bulletHow Billings, MT, acted in solidarity against religious bigotry
bulletMinority religious & spiritual pursuits: Witchcraft (Wicca),  Paganism, & The Occult
bulletGovernment vouchers for religious schools
bulletSt. Nickolas (a.k.a. Santa)
bulletWhat the year 2000 presidential candidates believe about religious freedom
bulletThe most popular religious topics on the Internet
bulletNames given to the "Holy Land"
bulletConclusions: where did we come from; where are we going after death, and other really fundamental questions

Other related menus in this site:

bulletInformation about specific religions from Asatru to Zoroastrianism

bulletReligious Laws

bulletSpiritual matters

bullet"Cults" and New Religious Groups

A quiz:

Religious Quiz logo The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has a short, 15 question quiz by which you can compare your religious knowledge with a national poll of randomly selected American adults. Only 1% of the population had the correct answer to all 15 questions. See:

The original quiz was siven to 3,412 adults who answered only 50% correctly. Jews, Atheists/Agnostics, and Mormons obtained the highest number of correct answers -- over 60%. Frequency of attendance at religious services and gender seemed to make essentially no difference in the results. Participants with increased educational attainment obtained higher scores: post-graduates 68%; high school or less: 40%.

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References used:

bulletFind a faith group that matches your beliefs: See the Belief System Selector by staff.

bulletPhilip M. Parker, "Religious Cultures of the world," (1997). Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store "Over 26,000 statistics are provided for over 70 religious groups covering a number of social, economic, and business variables. A significant review of literature is also included."

Reviewed: 2011-MAY-07
Last updated: 2018-DEC-01
Author: B.A. Robinson

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