This article informs the reader about 10 important things in the Shinto religion. This relates to religion because Shinto is an ethnic religion which is discussed in the chapter. Through this article you learn about the core beliefs, the divine Royal Family, priests and miko, purity, and sacred Shinto shrines in Japan.
The Big Religion Comparison Chart is a comparison chart of religions that compares the origins, beliefs, practices, and texts of world religions, small religions, ancient cults and new religious movements.
While I might disagree with a few of the nuances of their doctrinal generalizations, this is a great way to compare global religions with a similar framework (and to be fair, summarizing a 'world view' in few than two paragraphs is inherently problematic).
This Chart is a convenient way for people to compare and contrast religions that are more common. This chart also tells the origin of the religion and the number of adherents. Which is talked about in much detail in Key Issue 1 of Chapter 6:Religions.
This article shows how Christianity, a universalizing religion, is found throughout the United States and is the most practiced religion in the United States. It also shows specific denominations that are practiced throughout the United States. By using this source, a viewer can see specific religions that are practiced in one state and how denominations are distributed throughout the nation. This shows how some denominations prevail in some areas of the country, such as how Mormons are predominantly found in Utah and the states near it. -Lisa
This article is about the Hindu caste system. This article explains what a caste system is and the differences between each caste system. This article explains how the caste system was enforced through hereditary, caste rules, marriage, preferential treatment, and royal support. The advantages and disadvantages are addressed in this article as well. This relates to religion because Hinduism is a religion and the caste system is a large part of its beliefs and practices.
Prince Charles warned that Christianity is starting to disappear from the region in which it was born, the Middle East, due to a campaign of persecution by Muslims.
Dominique Kwon's insight:
This article relates to the key issue because it describes how religions are distributed around the Middle East. Christianity has not been prevalent in the Middle East since Islam has taken hold in it, even though it is where the religion started -Jacob
This short video has very colorful and swift visuals that show the diffusion of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Budhism and Jusdaism worldwide. It even allows the viewer to see the time at which these religions began to spread and watch it be diffused all around the globe.
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This is a good statistical look into global distribution of Christianity. The most interesting differences for 1910 to 2010 is the growth of Christianity in the developing world, and the decline of adherents (percentage-wise) in Europe and North America. What accounts for these patterns?
This scoop shows how universalizing religions can be found globally across the world, not just in one location. It also shows how universalizing religions actively seek followers to join their religion, no matter where they are located in the world. It also shows how Christianity specifically has a very widespread distribution. - Lisa
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