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What is Atheism?

Atheism Fast Facts About Atheism Atheism Origins Greek philosopher Diagoras of Melos, who lived five centuries before Christ, is often considered the first atheist, having criticized religion. Around the same time, philosophers such as Leucippus and Democritus tried to explain the world in terms of materialism. Similarly, Plato’s uncle Critas denounced religion as a human […]


What Are Jehovah’s Witnesses?

Jehovah’s Witnesses Fast Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses Jehovah’s Witnesses Origins In the late 19th century, Chase Taze Russell founded the belief system with his teachings disputing the Trinity, the immortality of the soul, predestination and the literal return of Christ. Jehovah’s Witnesses Beliefs They are called Jehovah’s Witnesses as followers of Jehovah, their name for God, […]


What is Mormonism? (Latter-Day Saints)

What is Mormonism (LDS)? Fast Facts on Mormonism (Latter-Day Saints) Mormon Origins Mormonism originated in the early 1800s when founder Joseph Smith began having visions at the age of 14 in which Jesus, angels, John the Baptist and various apostles appeared to him to reveal to him the “true” faith. One of these angels being […]


What is Taoism?

What is Taoism? Fast Facts About Taoism Origins of Taoism Like other Eastern religions, Taoism has not firm origins but emerged as a composite teaching several centuries before Christ. Taoist Beliefs Taoism is as much a philosophy as it is a religion. Taoists have many gods and goddesses, none of whom are eternal or omnipotent. […]


What is New Age?

What is New Age? Fast Facts on New Age Origins of New Age Though it truly began in the Garden of Eden, where the serpent proposed a broader path than the narrow one God truly offers, it has roots in Eastern religions. New Age Beliefs It is characterized by harmony and enlightenment with all paths […]


What is Buddhism?

What is Buddhism? Fast Facts on Buddhism Origins of Buddhism A nontheistic religion derived from a variety of belief systems, Buddhism is largely based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, aka Buddha, who lived several centuries before Jesus. Beliefs of Buddhism Buddhism teaches the Four Noble Truths, which explain the nature of suffering and discontentment; […]


What is Sikhism?

What is Sikhism? Fast Facts on Sikhism Origins of Sikhism The Sikh faith originated in 15th-century India, where Guru Nanak preached a monotheistic faith of neither Hindu or Muslim origin. Sikhism Beliefs The words of the faith’s first hymn, written by Guru Nanak, summarize the Sikh belief system: “There is only one God. Truth is […]


What is Hinduism?

What is Hinduism? Fast Facts on Hinduism Origins of Hinduism An Eastern religion, Hinduism evolved over time in India as a conglomeration of belief systems. Hindu Beliefs Hindus believe in a transcendent Supreme Being who sustains the universe, which they believe goes through unending cycles of creation and destruction. It is only possible to know […]


What is Islam?

What is Islam? Fast Facts on Islam Origins of Islam In the sixth century A.D., a trader named Mohammed claimed to have visions of the angel Gabriel, who laid out the precepts and practices of the Islam faith. Islamic Beliefs Muslims, who believe there is one God whom they know as Allah, accept the Old […]


What is Judaism?

What is Judaism? Fast Facts On Judaism Beliefs As God’s chosen people, Jews believe in one eternal, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent God who revealed Himself in the Scriptures revealed to His prophets, of whom Moses is preeminent. They believe God is a rewarder of good and a punisher of evil, and that He will send His Messiah […]