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In a world where religions plays such a major role in people’s lives, it is not surprising why it is such a major focus in the way choices and decisions are made. There are many religions throughout the world. Some are faiths with a very concentrated following in specific geographic areas, while others span the entire globe and have enormous numbers of followers. Each of the world’s major religions has definite distinctions that set themselves apart from others and that make them unique. These religions, however, all follow the same basic morals and guidelines that are quite similar.

The most widely followed faith on the planet is Christianity. Followers of Christianity believe that God sent his own son Jesus to earth to save them from their own sinful ways. They believe that Jesus was killed for his teachings and was then resurrected after lying in a tomb for three days. The main Christian holy day is celebrated on the day Jesus rose from the dead. This day is known as Easter Sunday and is the center of the entire faith. The ultimate goal for Christians is to have their souls join God in heaven when they die where they will live forever in eternal happiness.

Christianity is broken up into three different groups that follow similar beliefs but do differ on some. Roman Catholics are the first type. They make up the largest single faith in Christianity. Catholics are united under their leader, the Pope who resides in Rome. They interpret meaning from the Bible to use in everyday life. Roman Catholic scholars, who spend their lives interpreting the Bible, do the interpreting. Protestants are another type of Christians. Although technically they make up the largest following, they are further broken up into other denominations that can have very different beliefs. This term is really a generalization for any group that broke apart from Roman Catholicism beginning with Martin Luther who later founded the Protestant religions of Lutheranism. The final type of Christians are Orthodox Christians who broke away from the Roman Catholic Church during the Great Schism in the early days of Christianity. They are almost identical with Catholics except that they do not recognize the Pope as their leader.

For years, Catholics and Protestants have argued over various issues of faith. It has led to much tension between them. The most striking of these tension is in Northern Ireland where the Protestant leaders are constantly at odds with one another. It has led to terrible violence, which continues even to this day.

Jews make up another of the world’s major religions. Jews feel that they are the Chosen People of Yahweh (God) because of the covenant that God made with the Jews through Abraham who was considered the founder of Judaism and later through The Ten Commandments that were handed down from God to Moses. Jews consider the area around Jerusalem to be their sacred land because it was given to them by God thousands of years ago. Jews lived in this land called Israel for thousands of years until it was overrun by Muslims. It was not until after World War I that land was returned to the Jews. This land in the Middle East is know again as Israel and is where the main concentration of Jews live. This was done so that Jews could have a homeland after all the persecution that they had endured throughout the world.

They believe in the teachings of Mohammed. Their main beliefs are that no God exists but Allah, each Muslim must pray five times a day, they must fast during the month of Ramadhan, and make a trip to Mecca at least once during their lives. It is believed by Muslims that if these rules are followed that they will be united with Allah when they die. Muslims are mainly concentrated in the Middle East and in northern Africa. This has led to tensions with the state of Israel because they also have claim to Israel as their holy land. Violence has plagued the Middle East for much of the 20th Century between the Muslims and Jews over this land.

Hinduism is the religions followed by most people in India. This religion believes in the art of reincarnation, which is being reborn into another creature. Each person begins as a lowly creature and through achieving karma, which is similar to a cause and affect principal; they progress through until they become humans. After which, they reach Nirvana, which is their name from heaven. This religion varies vastly from Christianity, Judaism, and Islam in that they believe in many gods and not just one. There has also been violence between the Hindus of India and a former part of India called Pakistan that is mainly Muslim. After years of fighting, Pakistan gained it independence but a terrible conflict still exists.

Buddhism is a belief followed by most people living in China and Southeast Asia. They believe in the teachings of Buddha, who was originally a Hindu until he became enlightened. His teachings say that all of life is suffering and that this suffering is caused by desire. He said that the only way to end suffering is to end desire and to end desire you must follow the Eight Paths of Enlightenment. There are other smaller groups of religious beliefs like Confucianism, which is basically a respect for elders. Most people in Japan follow this belief. Animism is a faith followed by more primitive cultures throughout Africa and Asia. This centers on the fact that spirits inhabit everything in nature and are thus worshipped for it.

Religion remains a crucial part of world politics. It is the driving force behind much of today’s biggest problems, and until everyone learns to respect one another’s differences this unnecessary violence will continue.

 


 

Religious Topics

1. Conflict in Northern Ireland

Ever since the Republic of Ireland was given its independence in 1921, a terrible conflict has raged in the northeastern part of Ireland known as Ulster. There, Britain rules a Protestant majority, but the Republic of Ireland wants it to become a part of its country and unite all the Irish people. However, most of the people of what is known as Northern Ireland do not want to be ruled by The Republic of Ireland, which is overwhelmingly Roman Catholic. This has led to much tension and terrible acts of violence between Protestants and the Catholic minority in Northern Ireland. This is especially true because of a group called The Irish Republican Army (IRA) who are a terrorist group of Catholics in Northern Ireland. These people have committed terrible acts of violence against Protestants and British soldiers in Northern Ireland. For years, both sides have been entrenched in a violent squabble over who should rule the country. Only in the last few years has a peace treaty been agreed upon while a solution can be attained.

Geib,Rich. "Irish Republican Army, Oliver Cromwell, and Political Terrorism and Violence." October 6,1996. URL:<http://www.rjgeib.com/thoughts/terrorist/response1.html.>(March 2, 1999)

This web site is an excellent example of the way many Catholics feel about Britain and its government. There are very many harsh words and references to the British and their control of Northern Ireland. This man Rich Geib is very strong in his beliefs and can be very vulgar and strong in the words he chooses to use. This proves how strongly many Irish feel on the subject, and what possible lengths they would go to get out of British rule in Northern Ireland. The web site itself is very eye catching so that it immediately captures your attention, and then you are inclined to read and see what his political feelings are.

Guild Hall Press. " Rosville Street/Bloody Sunday 1972." 1996. Guild Hall Press in Derry 1996, URL: <http://megastories.com/ireland/derrymap/rosvill.htm.>(1996)

This web site chronicles the story of Bloody Sunday on January 30, 1972 when fourteen unarmed Catholics were shot to death while in protest by British soldiers. It gives accounts of what eyewitnesses saw on that day and tells the horror of the incident. It really opens your eyes to the turmoil that has been going on in Northern Ireland for centuries. It also serves to illustrate the tensions that each side has against one another. This site is very biased to Catholic perspectives on the incident, and it can be seen clearly by the wording and comments that are contained on the site. This just proves that there is still a great amount of resentment coming from both sides to this day.

  1. Conflicts in Bosnia-Herzegovina
  2. Another terrible conflict exists in what are the former provinces of Yugoslavia that are now independent states. During the late 1990s, a group of people known as Serbs began to systematically kill the inhabitants of another state known as Bosnia. Serbs, who are Orthodox Christians, had always been very violent in dealing with the other groups of people in this region but during this time focused all their attention on the Muslim Bosnians. It was only after months of bombing by the United Nations that the Serbs ceased in their aggressions, but there is still much tension in that region to this day.

    Laurie, Adam. "The Sarajevo Diaries."1996. International Humanitarian Aid Concern 1996. URL: <http://www.wibllywobbly.com/.>(1996)

    This web site offers a starling look at how the people of the war torn Sarajevo lived during this horrible time. It gives horrible accounts of the thing that Adam Laurie, who recorded the story, saw and lived through everyday. The pictures give a vivid account of what life must have been like for these people as they tried to make a life in the ruins of a once proud city. It really gives a personal view of things that most people do not even think about when speaking of that terrible crisis.

    Riedmayer,Andrais. "Resisting Genocide: The Effort to Save Bosnia’s Multicultural Heritage." (1996). This Week in Bosnia Herzegovina. URL :<http://www.applicom.comtwibih/remarks.html.>(March 25,2000)

    This article deals with a recording of a speech given by a Bosnian official about how this war had almost destroyed the great multicultural heritage in Bosnia and the former Yugoslavia. He talked of how churches and mosques had been completely leveled and about the terrible atrocities that had happened to people in the land. He spoke of trying to live peacefully in a land where that had never been an option before. It was a powerful speech that had a great deal of optimism for a peaceful future in the Balkans.

 

3. India-Pakistan Conflict

For years, India and Pakistan had been united under British rule, but on August 14, 1947 both were granted independence. It was Gandhi's idea for both to become separate nations because there had been so much religious turmoil between the two regions while they were united. People of India are predominantly Hindu while those of Pakistan are Muslims. It was expected that perhaps peace could be reached if the two were separate nations, but that did not happen. For years, the two have fought for various reasons most prominently over a region called Kashmir that both lay claims to. Even to this very day, conflicts continue to wage on in this very troubled region. It could quite possibly turn into the most prominent conflict in our world today, because there is a serious threat of nuclear war that looms over this area.

Banerji,Shandeep. "The South Asia Forum."(2000). The South Asia Forum. URL <:http:/www./memebers.tripod.com/~South Asia Forum/.>(09/02/00)

This is a web site that promotes membership to a group that is trying to prevent a nuclear war in this part of the world. It is most worried about India and Pakistan because they seem to be the most threatening to use them right now. It seems to be a web site that is there for a good cause and is there to try to prevent ant type of a nuclear fallout between these two bitter enemies. It gives information about ways to help in their cause. This web site feels that is crucial to try and work some truce out between the two very bitter nations.

Press and Dakota. "Pressler Says Clinton Actions Fueled India-Pakistan Nuke Dispute"(1998). Local News. URL: <http://pressanddakkoton.com/stories/0611698/news pressler.shtml.>(1998)

This is an article from a paper that said when Clinton repealed the Pressler Bill, which said the U.S. would not trade with Pakistan unless they were sure they were not testing nuclear weapons, it really encouraged a nuclear build-up. There aren’t any more sanctions against Pakistan and that could promote the use and testing of nuclear weapons again. Many officials feel it is vital to continue to pressure Pakistan into stopping their nuclear weapons testing because it could be the only way to prevent a nuclear war.

4. Judaism

Judaism is a religion that has existed for thousands of years. They believe that they were the chosen people of God, or Yahweh. Throughout the early times of Judaism, they lived in a part of the Middle East called Galilee, but it was eventually taken over by the Romans. Jews eventually settled all over the world, but mainly in Europe and North America. For years, the Jews had no homeland, but after World War I they were given land in the Middle East were they had originally lived which was now called Israel. Many moved back to the land of their ancestors, but the majority stayed where they had settled around the world. Jews have the distinction of being the only people who are defined by race, creed, and nationality all in the same name. Because of this distinction, they have been persecuted throughout the 20th Century, but have been able to persevere and do very well in the world today.

Kate, Margie. "My Conversion to Judaism"(1995). Margie Kate's Homepage. URL:<www.home.earhtlink.net/~margiekate/conversion.html >(March 1,2000)

This web page tells the interesting story of how a girl that was born a Catholic decided to convert to Judaism because she saw its teachings as a better fit to her life. It gave an interesting account of how she came to this important decision and how it has affected her life as a person. It is a very good page to visit to understand how Judaism affects people's lives, and this girl's life in particular.

Rich, Tracey."What Do Jews Believe?"(1995). Judaism 101.URL"<www.jewfaq.com(April 2, 2000).

This page is an excellent source for researching what it is that Jews believe and what their faith is really all about. It gives a good foundation of what Jews basic principles of faith and how they practice their religion also. It gives a review of traditions that have gone on for centuries, and their origins of these practices. It shows what they mean and signify and is written in a very simplistic way as to not confuse the reader. It contains very interesting information about the Jewish faith itself and also of the Jewish people and the turmoil they have endured for centuries.

5. Islam

Islam is a religion followed by millions of people around the world. They follow the teachings of Mohammed, who was considered their prophet. Muslims live primarily in the Middle East and Northern Africa. They are not a single race of people, but rather many very distinct races who all have a common belief in the teachings of Mohammed. They are quite frequently a misunderstood religion, because they are associated with conflict in the world. This truly has more to do with the area they live in as opposed to the religion they follow. During much of the 20th Century, Islam has become a more popular faith among many people around the world, and has become a very common part of 20th Century life.

Isla, Alamadiiya Anjumman."Introduction to Islam"(1999).Introduction to Islam.URL:<www.muslim.org/islam/int-is0.htm.(1999).

This site gives an outline of the history of Islam. It is packed with useful information and has very interesting facts. It gives an entire account of Islam for centuries. It gives its history throughout time up until the present day. It is an excellent site to visit if you want to learn about the faith of Islam and the teachings of Mohammed and his followers. It is also a good site if you wish to know of the different practices that exist in the faith, and how different ideas are interpreted in their holy book, the Koran.

Miller, Gary."What is Islam".(1999).The True Religion.URL:<www.thetruereligion.com(April 19,200).

This site is filled with a lot of pro-Islam views and articles that attempt to show why Islam is the best religion to turn to in this day and age. It also tries to disprove other religions. There is,however, a very good article on Islam itself. It gives a very good description of what Islam actually is and what its practices are. It is actually very interesting and insightful to read. This is also a good read if you are looking for some good information on the religion of Islam.

6. Buddhism

    Buddhism is a religion that has remained a mystery to many people in the world. Most Westerners do not understand this very different religion. It is not a faith commonly practiced in most towns and people remain fairly ignorant of it. It deals with the teachings of Buddha who taught that all life is suffering, the cause of suffering is desire, to end suffering you must end desire, and to end desire you must follow the 8 paths of Enlightenment. It is important that people begin to get educated as to the teachings of Buddhism, because it is through understanding that people of different faiths become closer.In the last few years, places like China have opened their country up to the rest of the world. Now a world that many people in the west never would have known or appreciated has become much more prevalent in our world.

    M., Paul."Buddhism".Paul’s United Kingdom Nichiren Shoku Hokketto Pages. URL: <http://www.hokkeko.org.uk/index1.htm.>(1999)

    This page is basically an information page about Buddhism. It tells of how Buddhism began and all of the teachings of Buddhism. It is in easy to follow wording so that it is not difficult to understand. This site makes it very easy to understand the very complex teachings of Buddhism. It would be a good site to go to if you would like a very in-depth look at Buddhism.

    Phelan, Taitaki Pat ."Talks on Zen Buddhism by Various Teachers"(1999). American Zen Buddhism. URL: <http://home.pacbell.net/wraetc/buddha.htm.>(1999)

    This is a good site to visit if you want to learn about a kind of Buddhism called Zen Buddhism. It is somewhat different from Buddhism and all the aspects of it are in this article. It is broken up in much the same way as the previous site and is filled with information. The page is also very easy to follow and is actually quite interesting as it shows Buddhism in a very different light. It shows a somewhat different takes on Buddhism, but is also good to visit as the information is worth while reading.

 

7. Hinduism

    Hinduism is another eastern religion that few people know very much about. It is the faith of almost 1 billion people in India. It is a faith very different from those of the West. They believe in reincarnation, which is being reborn into another being after you die. Each being is reincarnated many times until they reach the highest life form, a human being. You achieve this by practicing karma or inner peace until you reach their heaven, which is called Nirvana.

    Dhungel, Samba."Hinduism." (1998). The Web Page of Samba Dhungel. URL <http://www.zap.to.samba/.com>(1998)

    This is a personal web site of Samba Dhungel, but surprisingly it has a very good section on Hinduism. The section is very well written and thorough. It also has many very beautiful and elaborate pictures that really make it look great. This is a good place to go if you want a good lesson on Hinduism and Hindu art. It makes for a very good site because it does not just give you information, but shows you aspects of the religion through the pictures and artwork which give a better understanding of the ideas of Hinduism from the past teachings so that it can be linked to modern times.

    Kumar,Manoj "Hinduism." (1999). Manoj Cyberhome. URL: <http;/www.members.tripod.com/~Manojk/.com.>(1999)

    This is also a homepage and also has a great section on Hindu teachings. This section has more of an encyclopedia feel. There are many different topics to choose from and you can go wherever you want to. It breaks down Hinduism into different topics from beginnings to teachings and is very easy to read. It gives a sort of a timeline through the early times of Hinduism into much more modern times. It is very insightful and thorough. It gives you very good information, and makes it very easy to follow without a lot of clutter. The site sticks to the facts, and makes the information much easier to understand.

8. Missionaries

Missionaries are a very important aspect of the many denominations of Christianity. Missions are responsible for helping those less unfortunate all over the world. Since the early days of Christianity, it has been missions who went to the poor areas of the world and gave the people food, clothing, and shelter. These missionaries gave up their lives to help people without any pay or salary for it. The most famous missionary of the 20th Century was Mother Teresa, who dedicated her life to helping the starving people of India. It was because of her and those who worked with her that many poor people survived. Millions of people today owe their lives to missions today.

Christian Reformed Church in North America. "Christian Reformed World Relief Committee."1999. The Christian Reformed Church in North America, URL:<http://www.crwrc.org/>.(February 21).

This web site shows how many religious groups unite together to reach a common goal of helping people. They helped flood victims in America and also helped the poor people in Kosovo. This page really shows what it means to be a member of a religions, because it sometimes means going out and helping others. It includes articles of how this service has helped poor people all over the world.

Church World Service." Church World Service." 1999.The Church World Service, URL:<http://churchworldservice.org/>.(February 21)

This web site also shows how religions of the world go out and help others who may not be fortunate as them. It is yet another example of how important religious groups are in this world because without them many people would have died. It just shows what an importance world religions are. There are links to articles about how they have helped people around the world as well.

9. The Pope-Spiritual Leader of Roman Catholics

The Pope is the leader of all those that are members of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the man who makes decisions concerning what the Catholic stance would be on certain world issues. He is also a Spiritual leader of Catholics as the head of the Hierarchy of the Church. The Pope lives in Vatican City, which is actually inside the city of Rome, Italy. In the 20th Century, the Pope has become not only a leader of the Roman Catholic Church, but also a political figure in the world. Many world leaders visit the Pope, and he himself visits countries all over the world not just to spread Catholicism but to spread world peace and love between all people.

Mulholland, James S." History of Papacy."(1999).Catholic information Center on Internet. URL:< http:/www/catholic.net/RCC/POPE.html.>(Oct.7,1995)

This web site article focuses on the Papacy of the current Pope John Paul II and everything that he has done since entering the Papacy. It is very interesting to see how many places the Pope goes and it is all in very good chronological order so it is very easy to follow. This web site is very interesting and ver well designed. You can tell that the web designers have a very good understanding of the jobs that the Pope has in the world as a leader. It gives good information on what jobs the Pope has in our time and the responsibility that Pope John Paul II has not only to Roman Catholics, but ot the whole world.

Ruocco, Charles. "Pope John Paul II."(1997). The Roman Catholic Web Page. URL: <http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Oracle/2021.>(Dec. 27,1997)

This article gives an entire biography of the Pope from the time he was born until he became the Pope. It is also inclusive as to what he has done while the Pope. It is a very interesting biography with good details and is broken up very nicely so that the words are easy to follow and it doesn’t seem so long. This is a good site for background information on the man who is currently Pope, and who he was before he became Pope. It is interesting to see how a man who is so important in our world today lived his life. This is a very good site if you want to know more about the man who became Pope John Paul II.

 

10.Subject of Evolution

Evolution is a topic that is very controversial today. It is the belief that human beings evolved form apes into what we are today over centuries. It is believed by many that this goes against the teachings in the Bible. The Pope issued a decree a few years ago saying that the belief of evolution by Roman Catholics was permitted and even endorsed by the Church. Many other Christians are still very much against evolution, and want it to be taken out of textbooks and not taught in schools anymore.. It continues to be an important argument ain our world even to this day.

Christian Reform Ministry. "Atheist Evolution?"(1999). Christian Reform Ministry. URL: <http://www.angelfire.com/ks/creation.>(1999)

This site is sponsored by a Christian group who attempts to explain that evolution is perfectly fine to believe in if you believe in god because it had to be created by something. They go on to support their claims and have other articles that basically say the same thing. In their minds, it is logical to believe in God and evolution.The give convincing facts that give arguments for the belief in evolution. They believe that evolution is indisputable, and that it in no way denies that there is a God. 

Jefferds, Jamie "Science and Christianity"(1999-2000). Science and Christianity. URL: <http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Ithaca12706/Science/science.html.>(2000)

This site says that there is no way that there could ever be evolution because it was disproved 125 years ago. Jamie Jefferds stands by his conviction and states that there is no way God did not create the world. It is very well written and presents a very good argument. It is also filled with pictures and very interesting insights into how he came to his conclusion. Their argument is very convincing and they have many things that back up their statements. It is done in a very convincing manner and is very well-written.

 


Annotated Bibliography

Books

Barton, George A. The Religions of the World. Chicago, Illinois: The University of Chicago Press, 1952.

This book speaks in length about the many religions of the world. It starts with the formation of the earliest primitive people, and the way they would worship. It then takes a look at every major religion in the world in the order of the time the earliest remnants of the religion formed. It is a progressive look at the way each religion views their God or gods and how they worship and practice their religion.

Berger, Peter L., ed. The Other Side of God: A Polarity in World Religions. Garden City, New York: Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1981.

This book comes from a conference called " Monotheism and the World Religions". It was chaired by the editor Peter Berger, and dealt with trying to find a new way to think of and define monotheism. It dealt with the fundamental aspects of religions and monotheism, and attempted to come up with new principles in which to relate monotheism between the great religions of the world. The book deals with what came out of that conference and what exactly was said.

Dumoulin, Heinrich. Christianity Meets Buddhism. LaSalle, Illinois: Open Court Publishing Company, 1974.

In the book, the ideas of two of the great religions of the world are compared to one another. Their morals are looked at from different points of view. The viewpoints of both sides on the other are then noted and the differences and similarities are then recorded. It was written to show the many surprising similarities between two very different religions.

Hargrove, Barbara, ed. Religion and the Sociology of Knowledge. New York and Toronto: The Edwin Mellen Press

This book contains papers that were presented at a seminar called "The Sociology of Knowledge and The Sociology of Religion". They were considered the best of all the papers that were submitted. These papers were written to spark thinking and consideration of how people view their religions and the religions of others. They were meant to spark some controversy in the way people feel about their religions.

Hick, John, ed. Truth and Dialogue in World Religions: Conflicting Truth-Claims. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The Westminster Press, 1970.

This book is a product of a Conference on the Philosophy of Religion in April 1970. Its purpose was to discuss the relation between world religions in view of their apparently conflicting truth-claims. The conference had many of the most notable sources on the subject of theology. Throughout the conference, many important issues were debated on this one overlying topic.

Little, David and Sumner B. Twiss. Comparative Religious Ethics. San Francisco, California: Harper and Row , Publishers, 1973.

This book deals with ethics in religions around the world. It shows how these ethics are tested in everyday life, and what people can do to deal with these challenges. Many very learned men in fields of religion contributed to the writing of the book. It is an important read for those who question the ethics of religions in general.

Marsden, George M. Religion and American Culture. New York: Harcourt Hanover Publishers, 1990.

This book deals with the culture of our country and the great diversities that are present in America. It shows what a major part religion has played in America since its very beginnings. It tells of how the different cultures have grown into traditions that the whole country celebrates, and how American culture has been affected by religion. It is a comprehensive study of religion in America.

McAfee, Ward. A History of the World’s Great Religions. New York: University Press of America, 1983.

This book is a gives a complete timeline of all the major religions in the world. It shows how each began and the major events that shaped how these religions exist in the modern world. Each section takes on one of the major religion and dedicates many chapters to its complete history. It helps to bring about a better understanding of how and why each religion came into existence and then flourished.

Stout, Daniel A. and Judith M. Buddenbaum. Religion and Mass Media. London: International Educational and Professional Publisher, 1996.

This book tells how the world is using mass media in religions and religious practices. It gives ideas on how Technology is affecting religion all around the world. Reactions from different religious groups are then collected so that they can voice their opinion on the different technological changes that are occurring in our world. It gives and overview of society today and how mass media may restructure how it is practiced.

Slater, Robert Lawson. World Religions and World Community. New York and London: Columbia University Press, 1963.

This book deals with how religion affects the formation of communities. It questions whether religion brings men together or draws them apart. A wide range of surveys that are carefully calculated and tested makes the conclusions. It is a comprehensive study of how religions affect groups of people in the world today.

 

Web Site

Ago, Victor. "Analysis on World Religion, the Bible, and Atheism." August 1999. The Derventside Infonet Community Site, URL:<http://www.derwentside.org.uk/community/beaconsfield/nexus.html>.( February 21)

This website offers information and thoughts on many of the topics of faith and religion. Although it is mainly a Christian site that has mostly Bible related topics, it also speaks of world religions and other aspects of them. It helps to teach Christians to understand other religious groups so that they can get along.

Christian Reformed Church in North America. "Christian Reformed World Relief Committee."1999. The Christian Reformed Church in North America, URL:<http://crwrc.org/>.(February 21).

This website shows how many religious groups unite together to reach a common goal of helping people. They helped flood victims in America and also helped the poor people in Kosovo. This page really shows what it means to be a member of a religions, because it sometimes means going out and helping others. It includes articles of how this service has helped poor people all over the world.

Church World Service." Church World Service." 1999.The Church World Service, URL:<http://churchworldservice.org/>.(February 21)

This website also shows how religions of the world go out and help others who may not be fortunate as them. It is yet another example of how important religious groups are in this world because without them many people would have died. It just shows what an importance world religions are. There are links to articles about how they have helped people around the world as well.

First Electronic Church of America ."Summaries of World Religions." 1999. Web Station One, URL:<http://westationone.com/fecha/religion.htm>.(February 21).

This section of the website gives summaries of all the major religions of the world giving brief descriptions of each. It tells what specific words in each religion stand for and mean. It is a very brief overview of all religions for someone who would just want the basic principles of each religion.

Harvard university Center. "Religions of the World and Ecology." 1999. Harvard University, URL:<http://www.hds.harvard.edu/cswr//ecology/index>.(February 21).

This section of the Harvard website describes a part of Harvard’s school that deals with religions of the world. They not only deal with the basic practices, but they also deal with the discipline of the religion and how strict it is on its people. It is a very in depth look at the different religions of the world.

Inter-Religious Foundation. "Inter-Religious Foundation for World Peace."1999. Inter-Religious Foundation, URL:<http://www.irfwp.orrg/>.(February 21).

This web page is dedicated to bringing about world peace between the many religions in the world. They sponsor programs that promote peace and harmony between various religious groups. They send out newsletters and hold conferences to help promote their goal of a world united in peace no matter what creed or ethnic background.

Platt, Deb. " Mysticism in World Religions." 1999. Digiserve: The World Service, URL:<http://www.digiserve.com/mystic>.(February 21).

This site provides pages of in depth looks at the many major religions of the world. It tells about many of the beliefs and practices of these groups. It also gives you a chance to look at some of the smaller and less known groups in the world. It gives published papers on each religion by credible sources on the topics and is full of very useful information.

Shun, Frederick. " World Religions: Religion, History, and Literature." April 25, 1999. Geocites, URL:<http://www.geocites.com/Athens/Forum/1699 >.(February 21)

The purpose of this page is to give information about the beliefs and practices of the many religions of the world. This site is present so that people can learn about religions that they know little or nothing about. It helps to give people a better understanding of religions that the may find strange or weird. The hope is that after using this web page you have a better understanding of religions you may have been ignorant of before.

Spring of Life Organization. " The World of Religion." 1999. Spring of Life Organization, URL:<http://www.religionworld.org/>.(February 21)

This web page is to help Christian of the world to better understand other religions in the world. It is their belief that by understanding other religions that we will not only understand ours better, but we will also become closer with people of other faiths. This page wants the Christians of the world to become learned in the practices and faiths of others because it would be what God would want us to do.

World Congress of Ethnic Religions. "World Congress of Ethnic Religions." 1999. World Congress of Ethnic Religions, URL:<http://wwwwcer.org/>.(February 21)

This page serves as a showing of the purpose of its organization. The world Congress of Ethic Religions is a group that serves to stop any ethnic or religious group from being persecuted on simply because of their beliefs ort practices. They have taken it upon themselves to keep people safe to practice whatever religion they so choose without fear of discrimination or violence. This site explains what they have done to instill this into the world and what they plan to do in the future.

 


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