Beliefs

Islamic Beliefs

Islamic adherents, known as Muslims, are divided into two primary sects, Sunnism and Shi'ism Despite the theological differences between the groups—as well as the numerous divisions within those two primary categories—most Muslims share some basic beliefs. Muslims are expected to pray five times every day; this is one of the Five Pillars of Islam God: Islam is monotheistic; the one God is Allah, creator and master of the universe. Evil: IblisIblis is the Arabic equivalent to the Ch

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Symbols

Christian Symbols - The Holy Bible

The Bible is the foundation of modern Christianity, and the book itself is a powerful symbol for many Christians. Christians believe that the Bible contains the word of God, which is essential for humans' spiritual progress and can only be properly understood with the aid of the Holy Spirit The power of God's word is suggested in the Bible itself: "Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it i

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Biographies

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Known throughout the world by his surname Mahatma, Mohandas Gandhi was born in Porbandar, India, in 1869.  Arguably the most famous Hindu in the world, he stood for non-violence, Indian independence from British rule, and other social reforms.  The majority of his opposition to the British took form in his philosophy of nonviolence and freedom.  In 1948 he was martyred for these beliefs, killed by a fellow Hindu. Gandhi is renowned worldwide for his longstanding resistance ag

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Sutta Pitaka
Texts

Sutta Pitaka

The Sutta Pitaka is the largest of the three divisions in the Tipitaka. It contains all the doctrinal and ethical discourses and sermons  attributed to the Buddha, and includes a smaller number of teachings from his disciples. It is divided into the following four sections called Nikayas, or discourses, that are further subdivided into suttas: The Khuddaka Patha , a part of the Sutta Ptiaka, contains the Buddhist precepts that monks and nuns must abide by. A buddhist monk, pictured he

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Sectarian Shinto?
Denominations

Sectarian Shinto

Sectarian Shinto generally refers to a set of thirteen New Religions founded in Japan prior to World War II. Because of this, Sectarian Shinto is not as much a denomination as it is a categorization for a number of individual religious systems. Although Shinto frequently inspired these religious systems, they were usually wholly new movements rather than actual denominations of the Shinto religion itself. On the surface, several of these religions seem to promote Shinto-influenced beliefs such

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