What is the creation story in Hinduism
Because of its cyclical notions of time, Hinduism holds that the world is created many times, over and over again, and not just once and for all. more
What is the role of celibacy in Hinduism
In general, celibacy in Hinduism is associated with increased physical power, strength, concentration, well-being, and longevity and is also associated with the control of desire (and ultimately the control of oneself). more
Is Hinduism polytheistic
Hindus are not polytheists because most Hindus are nondualists and believe that all of the gods and goddesses are manifestations/embodiments of the one Ultimate Brahman/Bhagvan. more
Do Hindus worship cows
Hindus do not worship cows, but instead hold them in high regard, respecting the gifts that they give to humankind. more
Why do Hindus worship images
God, out of grace, manifests as particular embodied forms (in temples, homes, etc.) so that people can easily worship and form a relationship with God. more
Does the LDS Church have paid clergy
The LDS Church at all levels has a lay, non-professional clergy, of which a very small percentage receives a living stipend. more
Mormonism and Jehovah's Witnesses pretty much the same thing
Though many people associate Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses -- because both groups engage in door-to-door evangelism -- there is, in reality, very little in common. more
The 5 most-frequently quoted scriptures from the LDS Canon
Bible: John 17:3, Matt 6:33; Matthew 5:48; John 3:16; John 14:27 more
How do Mormons view education
Education at all levels and of all types (formal and informal) is encouraged by church leaders. more
Where did the Book of Mormon come from
According to Mormon theology, the Book of Mormon is a translation of a record telling of three relatively small groups that came to the Americas, by boat, from the ancient Middle East. more
Do all Mormons live in Utah
Although the LDS Church came to be centered in Utah in the mid-1800s, there have always been members of the Church elsewhere. more
How do Mormons integrate their theology with politics
Though the LDS Church officially forbids the endorsement of specific candidates or political parties from its pulpits, it encourages political participation on all levels. more
What is the Joseph Smith Translation or JST
Also referred to by some as the "Inspired Version", the JST represents a textual record of Joseph Smith’s interaction with the Bible. more
Why are you called Mormons
Mormons have other canonical books besides the Bible. One of these is called the Book of Mormon, the story of several small groups from the ancient Middle East that came to the Americas. more
What is the difference between a Protestant and a Catholic
A Protestant and a Catholic belong to the same Christian family tree but belong to two distinct branches. A Roman Catholic is a member of what has traditionally been considered the "western" wing of Christianity, churches and bishops aligned with the Bishop of Rome/the Pope. more
What do Pagans believe
Paganism is a term that encompasses a diverse group of religious paths, so it is difficult--if not impossible--to list "Pagan beliefs" held by "all Pagans." With that caveat in mind, many Pagans believe in some or all of the following things: more
Are Mormons Christian(s)?
The answer depends upon the definition. In contrast to other religious traditions that hold Jesus to be nothing more than a human prophet, such as Islam, Mormons certainly consider themselves to be Christian in the sense that they read and believe the Bible's teaching that redemption and atonement come through Jesus the Messiah, who is the Son of God. Mormonism's unique scriptures, such as the Book of Mormon, also teach these doctrines. However, Mormonism rejects or starkly redefines several traditional Christian doctrines, interpretations, and creeds that post-date the New Testament, and for this reason has never claimed to fall within the historical tradition of Christianity, as most Catholic and Protestant churches do. more
First Communion (Eucharist) is one of the three Catholic sacraments of initiation, which along with baptism and Confirmation, make someone a Catholic. more
Do Pagans follow any kind of code of ethics
Many Pagans (and most Wiccans) follow two main guidelines that can be seen as the core of Pagan ethics: the Law of Return (or Threefold Law) and the Wiccan Rede. more
Is Paganism a nature religion
Some branches of Paganism may identify more with the phrase "nature religion" than others do, as the importance of nature in Paganism varies according to the specific tradition. more
How does someone convert to Paganism
Rarely is there a “conversion” process in Paganism of the type seen in some other religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam). more
What is the significance of the pentagram
The pentagram, a five-pointed star, is often used as a symbol for contemporary Paganism (much like Christians use the symbol of the cross). more
How many Pagans are there
Determining the number of practicing or self-identified Pagans is difficult for a number of reasons. more
Do Pagans worship Satan
The simple answer is "no.""Satan" is considered a Jewish and/or Christian figure by most Pagans worldwide, and as such has no relationship to the practice of Paganism. more
What do Pagans believe
Paganism is a term that encompasses a diverse group of religious paths, so it is difficult--if not impossible--to list "Pagan beliefs" held by "all Pagans." more
Does pagan just mean not Christian
"Pagan" likely comes from the Latin paganus, but how or why that term was used early in its history remains unclear: suggestions include "country dweller," or "civilian." more
Are all Pagans polytheists
Paganism is a group of widely varied religions, and different groups have different views on the importance (or even the existence) of gods and goddesses. more
Are all Pagans Witches
The term "Paganism" encompasses a wide variety of religions; Wiccans, Druids, Discordians, Goddess worshippers, and Odinists are some of the many groups that are often considered "Pagan." more
How many other commonalities does the bible share with religions that pre-date Christianity?
Some stories, such as that of the flood, and some versions of creation, and other seemingly "mythological" events in the Hebrew Bible, seem to have been influenced by, or even borrowed from, pre Israelite (and thus pre Christian) stories. more
I see Sikhism was omitted from your list of religions. Any reason it was left out?
Sikhism is included in the Paths - we will be releasing more paths throughout the Summer, and Sikhism will be among them. more
What do Christians believe happens during the Second Coming? Does the world end?
Some believe that the world will end and all of those judged positively will be "saved" and enjoy eternal life.Some Christians, however, believe that the second coming has already occurred. more
What is the most liberal of Protestant denominations?
Protestant denominations are, like any other group of humans, incredibly diverse, so each and every one has both conservative and liberal elements to it. more
Do Muslims believe that Islam was established on Mt. Moriah?
Yes, on one level, Islam "begins" with Abraham and his covenant with god. more
I always hear about Islamic law? What is that?
Like Judaism, Islam is a religion in which distinctly religious laws of conduct and ritual play a large part and cover every detail of daily life. more
Does Islam advocate violence, and what is jihad?
The sources of Islamic law and dogma, namely the Quran, the teachings of Muhammad and the interpretations of these sources by Muslim scholars, were all produced in environments of war. more
Who was Muhammad and what does he mean to Muslims?
Muhammad was born in around 570 CE to a leading clan of the tribe controlling his native city of Mecca in western Arabia. more
What is the relationship between reason, revelation and free will in Islam?
The Quran explains that humans go astray when they turn away from revealed scriptures and begin taking their own speculations and customs as religious beliefs or rites. more
How does Islam view women?
In responding to this question, we distinguish between the questions ‘what does the high religious tradition of Islam say about women? more
What is the relationship between Islam, Christianity and Judaism?
According to the Quran, there is only one religion: submission to God (in Arabic, Islam). Those who ‘submit' are muslims (literally, submitters). more
Is the Quran the source of Islamic doctrine and law?
Although Muslims consider the Quran the literal word of God, the focal point of ritual and the well-spring of Islamic law and dogma, most of the details of Islamic law and doctrine are not found in the holy book. more
What is the Quran?
The Quran (which means "the Recitation" in Arabic) is the sacred scripture of Muslims, who believe that it is the literal word of God revealed in Arabic to Muhammad. more
What is the difference between Sunni and Shiite Islam?
Sunnism and Shiism are two competing visions of religious and political authority in Islam. more
Is there salvation outside of Islam?
Islam is the belief in the one God, the creator and sustainer of universe, and a belief in the prophets and revelations sent by God to mankind. more
If there are women rabbis, then why are there synagogues where women are not allowed to sit with men?
The place of women in Judaism is a fascinating study in the message of Judaism catching up with the society in which Jews live. more
What is a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah?
The term Bar Mitzvah is a Jewish legal term that means essentially, “of majority age.” more
Why do Jews not believe in Jesus?
Almost any educated Jew from any part of the spectrum of Judaism acknowledges the fact that Jesus lived and died a Jew. more
How did the laws of kosher and non-kosher animals emerge?
In Leviticus 11:3-12, there is an exhaustive list of animals that are permitted and forbidden to be eaten. more
When Jews mourn they do something called shiva; what is that all about?
Shiva, from the Hebrew word for seven, refers to the first seven days of mourning beginning with the day of the burial (not the day of the death). more
Since the Holocaust was so evil, why is not there a desire to move on, to distance all of us, Jew and Gentile alike, from the event?
For Jews, remembering is a central religious act. more
The Holocaust happened over 60 years ago; why does it still get so much attention from Jews?
Historian Lucy Dawidowicz called the Holocaust the war against the Jews. more
Do Jews believe in Heaven and Hell?
Among Jews there is certainly endless speculation about what happens after death, but, as with most anything concerning the future, Judaism offers no certainty. more
Do Jews believe in life after death?
As we move along the spectrum we get, on one end, absolutely!, and at the other end, absolutely not! more
Who is a Jew?
The answer to this question, depends, like most things Jewish, on where you stand. more
What does it mean to be saved?
"Salvation" comes from the Greek word "soteria." more
Are all evangelicals politically conservative?
While the popular picture of American evangelical politics usually focuses on participation in the Republican Party and conservative social causes, numerous studies have demonstrated that their political commitments are far more diverse than usually believed. more
Can somebody be evangelical and liberal?
Usually theologically liberal would be a mutually exclusive term from evangelical. more
What are doctrines and do all Christian churches have them?
Literally “teaching,” the word “doctrine” can have a range of meanings. more
Is evangelical the same as fundamentalist?
Although these terms are often used as synonyms in the popular press, fundamentalists and evangelicals are actually two different streams within conservative Protestantism. more
What were the main differences between Calvin and Luther?
In general, Calvin and Luther were mostly in agreement in their reform efforts. more
What do Catholics believe about war?
Jesus' teaching about violence is very clear-cut: "I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you." more
What is the difference between an evangelical and a Protestant?
In brief, most evangelicals are Protestants, but not all Protestants are evangelical. more
How and why did the Reformation happen?
Whole volumes of research have been committed to this question over the centuries and will continue to be committed to this question for as long as people are asking questions about Christianity, probably. more
What is the difference between a deacon and a priest?
There are three Orders in the Church: the Order of Bishop, Priest, and Deacon. more
When and where did evangelicalism begin?
In a long term sense, evangelicalism traces its roots to Jesus of Nazareth more
What is the status of the Bible in the mainline churches?
Mainline Protestantism of course represents a vast diversity of religious practices and beliefs, so any general answer to this question will of course reduce the complexity of the relationship of between the Bible and the mainline churches. more
What do Catholics believe about the death penalty?
The Catholic Church's belief regarding the death penalty has changed dramatically since the papacy of Pope John Paul II. more
What are evangelical distinctives?
Scholars have developed multiple ways of identifying evangelicals based on shared beliefs or common practices. more
Is there any real difference among the mainline denominations?
Yes and no.Of course there are distinct theological differences. more
Do Catholics believe in exorcism?
In Biblical times, being possessed by demons was a way to describe any sort of mental or physical condition that no one could explain. more
Who are evangelicals?
Most evangelicals are theologically conservative Protestant Christians. more
What is the difference between mainline Protestants and evangelical Protestants?
In some sense, there’s no difference between the two. more
What is the difference between Catholics and Jews?
There are lots of similarities and differences between Catholics and Jews. more
What happens when we die?
When we die, Catholics believe that our life and all our choices become clear to us. more