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A guide that serves as a brief introduction to several world religions. It is intended to whet your appetite for further study and to help you understand the religious beliefs of others in today's global society.
This guide provides a number of useful resources. Use the tabs above to explore these resources concerning Comparative Religion.
Finding Books--search for print or electronic books, located in a library or online
Finding Articles--good places to start when searching for journal articles
Websites--links to websites that may provide supplementary material
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“The Church rejects, as foreign to the mind of Christ, any discrimination against men or harassment of them because of their race, color, condition of life, or religion.”
World Religions Online is an easy to use, inclusive guide to the world?s major religions and spiritual traditions. Includes core essays and information on the beliefs, practices, and history of major religions, topic centers, and videos.
World religions: Origins, beliefs, traditions & festivals
Updated and Revised! Includes Glossary of Popular Religious Symbols We North Americans live in a remarkably diverse society, and it's increasingly common to be invited to a wedding, funeral or other religious service of a friend, relative or coworker whose faith is different from our own. These can be awkward situations ... What will happen? What do I do? What do I wear? What do I say? What should I avoid doing, wearing, saying? Is it okay to use a video camera? How long will it last? What are their basic beliefs? Will there be a reception? Will there be food? Should I bring a gift? When is it okay to leave? These are just a few of the basic questions answered in How to Be a Perfect Stranger. This easy-to-read guidebook, with an "Everything You Need to Know Before You Go" checklist, helps the well-meaning guest to feel comfortable, participate to the fullest extent possible and avoid violating anyone's religious principles--while enriching their own spiritual understanding. For people of all faiths, all backgrounds. African American Methodist Churches * Assemblies of God * Bahá'í Faith * Baptist * Buddhist * Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) * Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) * Churches of Christ * Episcopalian and Anglican * Hindu * Islam * Jehovah's Witnesses * Jewish · Lutheran * Mennonite/Amish * Methodist * Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) * Native American/First Nations * Orthodox Churches * Pentecostal Church of God * Presbyterian * Quaker (Religious Society of Friends) * Reformed Church in America/Canada * Roman Catholic * Seventh-day Adventist * Sikh * Unitarian Universalist * United Church of Canada * United Church of Christ
1. How did Vatican II change interfaith relations?
2. How can studying world religions strengthen ones Catholicism?
3. Common ground: Can you discern any universal truths that are shared by non-Christian religions and Catholicism?
4. What gives a religion world status?
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