World Religions Project

Emily Hoppie

Christianity

Beliefs

Christians believe in god and Jesus. They believe in the trinity

Rituals that is, in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Christians believe that God took human form as Jesus Christ and that God is present today through the work of the Holy Spirit and evident in the actions of believers. Christians believe that there is a life after earthly death. They believe in saints, the word saint is most commonly used to refer to a Christian who has lived a particularly good and holy life on earth, and with whom miracles are claimed to have been associated after their death.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/beliefs/basics_1.shtml

Rituals

Most Christians attend worship services on Sundays called church, which generally include, singing, praying and sermon. Christians pray regularly and read the bible. Christians get baptized usually as a baby. Also they regularly participate in communion. Baptism and communion are considered sacraments - sacred rituals instituted by Christ himself.

http://www.religionfacts.com/christianity/practices.htm

History

God sent Jesus down to earth to spread the word about god and he ended up dying on the cross to save all of the Christians, so that they could go to heaven.

Monotheistic or polytheistic

Monotheistic

What god is called

Their god is called God, father, Jesus, or holy spirt.

Holy book

Bible

Major holidays

Christmas, Easter, Lent, Advent, Good Friday, Pentecost, and Palm Sunday.

http://www.blackbluedog.com/2013/06/news/black-christian-missionaries-discuss-challenges-of-evangelism-on-the-dark-continent/

Hinduism

Beliefs

Hindus believe in karma, reincarnation, and meditation. They also believe in gods and goddesses. There are nine beliefs based on thoughts and life

Rituals

There are rituals associated with sculptures and images of gods in home shrines. Also some other rituals that hindus practice is Ayurveda, Hatha yoga, Kundalini, Namaste greeting, puja, the sadhu, and temples and temple rituals.

http://www.religionfacts.com/hinduism/practices.htm

History

The religion originated in India about 4000 years ago. Hinduism is simply the religion of the people of India, which has gradually developed over four thousand years. Because of its great age, the early history of Hinduism is unclear.

http://www.religionfacts.com/hinduism/history.htm

Monotheistic or polytheistic

Polytheistic

What is their God Called

Hindus is focused on devotion to God (perceived as Brahman, Shiva, Vishnu, or Shakti) or several gods.

Holy book

Their holy book is called Mahabharata and it has all of the stories.

Major Holidays

Holi and Diwali

http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/gods-of-hinduism/images/33227427/title/goddedss-lakshmi-photo


Islam

Beliefs

They believe in one God. Some beliefs of Muslims are that their god Allah, created man from a clot of blood. They also believe that there God has no son or partner and that no one has the right to be worshiped but him alone.

Rituals

They pray 5 times each and every day, and they fast during Ramadan. Other notable Islamic practices include the mystical rituals of Sufism and various distinctive Shi'ite practices.

http://www.religionfacts.com/islam/practices.htm

History

Islam is the religion of the Muslims. It is a monotheistic religion. It was developed in the Middle East. Allah was regarded as the greatest among the many gods deserving worship.

Monotheistic or polytheistic

Monotheistic

What is their God Called

Allah

Holy book

There holy book is Quran.

Major Holidays

Major holidays include, Ramadan, Hajj, and Ed Al- Fitr.

http://www.religionfacts.com/islam/history.htm

http://www.123rf.com/photo_10088759_symbols-of-islam-religion-against-bright-cloudy-sky.html

Buddhism

Beliefs

They believe in reincarnation, meditating, and Buddha. The way to eliminate suffering begins with understanding the true nature of the world.

Rituals

They practice meditation, Mantras, Mudras, and prayer wheel.

History

Buddhism originated in northern India. Buddhism is based off the teachings of Siddartha Gautama or called Buddha,meaning the awaked one.

Monotheistic or polytheistic

It is neither Monotheistic or polytheistic

What is their God Called

They do not have a god

Holy book

Their holy book is called Tripitaka.

Major Holidays

Some holidays celebrated include, Makha Bucha and Uposatha.

http://www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/practices.htm

http://www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/beliefs.htm

http://www.jendhamuni.com/buddhism/articles/misunderstandingBuddhism.htm


Judaism

Beliefs

Judaism is the belief of the Jews. Unlike Christians, Jews do not believe in Jesus Christ. They believe in god. The most accepted summary of Jewish beliefs is Rambam's 13 principles of faith. Judaism focuses on the relationships between the Creator, mankind, and the land of Israel. Prayer is directed to God only.

http://www.jewfaq.org/m/beliefs.htm

Rituals

Jews practice the Mitzvoth, the 613 Commandments, and Rabbinic Law. They go to the Synagogue to do Jewish Worship and Prayer.

http://www.religionfacts.com/judaism/practices.htm

History

Judaism originated in Middle East.

Monotheistic or polytheistic

It is Monotheistic

What is their God Called

Their god is called God.

Holy book

Their holy book is called the Torh.

Major Holidays

Their major holidays are, Hanukkah, Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur.

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