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THE UK SECTION: RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD

This site is devoted to bringing to one place on the internet the key books and writings of human spiritual and religious thought. Covering the major world religions of the world, alternative spiritual systems, and ancient mythologies, this is an ever expanding work in the making.

This site offers you an objective overview of the major world religions such as Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism and Skhism.

Buddhism has abaout 500 million adherents around the world - 45,000 active Buddhists in the UK. It has attracted post-modern society by its non-dogmatic nature, rationality, possibility of a spiritual guide and opportunity for personal transformation. Buddha means 'one who has woken up'.

Sikhism is one of the youngest of worldreligions founded only 500 years ago by Guru Nanak. It has a following of over 20 million people worldwide and preaches a message of devotion and remembrance of God at all times, truthful living, equality of mankind and denounces superstitions and blind rituals. Ten Gurus are enshrined in the Holy Sikh Book and the Living Guru is Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

Judaism is the oldest of the four monotheistic religions, but also the smallest with only 12 million followers around the world. The fundamental beliefs of Judaism are:

  • There is a single, all-powerful God who created the universe and everything in it.
  • God has a special relationship with the Jewish people, cemented by the covenant that God made with Moses on Mount Sinai, 3500 years ago.
    The place of worship is called a synagogue and a religious leader of a community is the Rabbi.
  • Hinduism has 750 million followers worldwide, 400,000 of them live in the UK. Although Hinduism has no creed and no single source of authority, there are things which Hindus have in common:

  • a belief in a single Divinity or supreme god that is present in everything
  • a belief in other Gods who are aspects of that supreme god
  • a belief that the soul repeatedly goes through a cycle of being born into a body, dying and rebirth
  • a belief in Karma, a force that determines the quality of each life, depending how well one behaved in a past life.
    Hindu temples are the focus of religious life.
  • Islam has 1.3 billion followers worldwide. It is based on five pillars:

  • the declaration of faith (Shahadah)
  • five compulsory daily prayers (Salah)
  • welfare contribution (Zakah)
  • fasting during Ramadan (Sawm)
  • pilgrimage to Makkah (Hajj)
    Go to their site if you want to know what exactly above terms mean.
  • Anglicanism came into being when King Henry VIII wanted to obtain a divorce from his wife Queen Catharine of Aragon for not producing a male heir. As the Pope did not grant him a divorce, Henry proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church of England, so separating from Rome. The Book of Common Prayer (1662) is a permanent feature of the Church's worship. Like other Christians, Anglicans view the Old and the New Testament as the basis of their faith. Like other Christians they administer the two sacraments ordained by Christ: Baptism and The Supper of the Lord.

    Catholicism is part of Christianity, practised by nearly 2,000 million people worldwide. It originated in Palestine in the 1st century AD and is founded on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ (4BC-29AD), a Palestinian Jew. Head of Catholicism is the Roman pontiff. As the successor of Peter he is the perpetual and visible principal and foundation of unity of both the bishops and the faithful.

    Here you find everything about Islam beginning from what it is all about to topical issues on recent events.


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