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Beliefs of Other World Religions

 

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Common Abbreviations: OT/NT - Old/New Testament, PIE - Proto Indo-European, RC - Roman Catholic,
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BELIEFS OF PRESENT-DAY CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Adventists, Seventh-day

Foundation:1831 in the USA
Split from:
Supreme Leader:
Presiding Body: General Conference
Prophet(s): Ellen G. White
Sacred Text(s): OT, NT, White's writings
Local Religious Leader:
Doctrinal Family: Adventist
Adventist Doctrine(s) Held:

Fundamentalism, Trinitarianism, Original Sin, Redemption through Christ's Sacrifice, Resurrection of Christ, Resurrection of the Dead (Second Coming), Angels as Active Guides, Personal Worship, Communal Worship, Evangelicalism, Symbolic Eucharist, Humans as Adopted Children of God, "Remnant", Baptism by Immersion, Active Spiritual Gifts, Justification by Faith, Evening-to-evening Sabbath, Modesty, Tithe, Temperance, No Interfaith Marriage, Divorce only for Adultery, Christ's Preparation for the Second Coming Began in 1844, Apocolyptic Millenium, Second Resurrection of the Sinful and Cleansing of the New Earth, Footwashing


African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.)

Foundation:
Split from:
Supreme Leader:
Presiding Body:
Sacred Text(s):
Local Religious Leader:
Doctrinal Family: Reformed-Methodist
Doctrine(s) Held:

 

Amana Society, Community of True Inspiration

Foundation: 1714, Germany; in Amana, Iowa since 1842
Split from: Protestantism
Supreme Leader: none
Presiding Body: none
Sacred Text(s):
Local Religious Leader:
Doctrinal Family:
Doctrine(s) Held:

Communistic

Amish

Foundation:
Split from: Anabaptist
Supreme Leader:
Presiding Body:
Sacred Text(s): OT, NT
Local Religious Leader:
Doctrinal Family:Anabaptist (Believer Baptism)
Doctrine(s) Held: Pacifism, Nonparticipation in Civil Government, Simple Living, No Musical Instruments, Modesty, Woman's Veiling (Head Covering), Fundamentalism, Apostolic Tradition, Justification by Faith, Kingdom of Satan on Earth Opposes God's Kingdom in Heaven

 

Hutterites

Foundation: John Hutter
Split from: Calvinist Reformed
Supreme Leader:
Presiding Body:
Sacred Text(s):
Local Religious Leader:
Doctrinal Family: Anabaptist (Believer Baptism)
Doctrine(s) Held: Adult Baptism

 

Anglican (Church of England)

Foundation: 1521-1539 by Henry VIII of England, peaked in 17th century CE
Split from: Roman Catholic
Supreme Leader: Archbishop of Canterbury
Presiding Body:
Sacred Text(s): OT, NT, Book fo Common Prayer, early Christian commentary and Councils
Local Religious Leader: Priest
Doctrinal Family: Western Liturgical
Doctrine(s) Held:

Rejects Papal authority, Divorce is allowed, Promotion of a more elaborate liturgy and an aesthetic that valued visual representation and beauty in church architecture, art and furnishings

Aphthartodocetae

Foundation:
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Aquarians, Hydroparastatae

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Assembly of God

Foundation: 1914 in the U.S.A.
Split from:
Supreme Leader: none
Presiding Body: autonomous, but loosely affiliated
Sacred Text(s):
Local Religious Leader:
Doctrinal Family: Pentacostal
Doctrine(s) Held:

Assyrian Christians, Nestorians

Foundation:
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Baptist, Landmark

Anabaptist (Believer Baptism)

Baptist, Particular

Foundation:
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Baptist, Southern

Foundation:
Split from:
Supreme Leader:
Presiding Body:
Sacred Text(s):
Local Religious Leader:Minister (Reverend)
Doctrinal Family:
Doctrine(s) Held:

 

Cainites

Foundation:
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Cathar Church, Assembly of Good Christians

Foundation:
Split from: Maintained early Church traditions while the R.C.C. split away
Supreme Leader:
Presiding Body: General Conference
Sacred Text(s):
Local Religious Leader:
Doctrinal Family: Anabaptist, House Church Movement
Doctrine(s) Held: Pacifism, Nonresistance, Nonparticipation in Civil Government, non-Evangelical, Simple Living, Apostolic Fellowship

 

Reformed Church, Calvinist

Foundation:
Split from: Lutheran
Supreme Leader:
Presiding Body:
Sacred Text(s):
Local Religious Leader: Minister (Reverend)
Doctrinal Family: Reformed-Presbyterian
Doctrine(s) Held: Predestination

 

Christadelphians

Foundation: ca. 1849 as a grassroots movement by John Thomas
Split from: Protestant
Supreme Leader: none
Presiding Body: none
Sacred Text(s): OT, NT
Local Religious Leader: Administrator elected by the Ecclesia
Doctrinal Family: House Church Movement
Doctrine(s) Held:

Apostolic Fellowship, Fundamentalism, Symbolic Eucharist, Original Sin, Resurrection of Christ, Baptism, Justification by Faith, Resurrection of the Dead, Unitarianism, Anti-Human Soul Immortality, Anti-Spiritual Gifts, Anti-Reprobation, Anti-Heaven Afterlife, Anti-Satan, Evangelism, Jesus as Human, Believer Baptism by Immersion, Second Coming of Christ, Pacifism

 

Christian Science

Foundation:
Split from:
Supreme Leader:
Presiding Body:
Sacred Text(s):
Local Religious Leader:
Doctrinal Family: Chrsitian Science-Metaphysical
Doctrine(s) Held:

 

Christianity

Foundation:
Split from: Judaism
Supreme Leader:
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Sacred Text(s):
Local Religious Leader:
Doctrine(s) Held:

 

Church of God in Christ

Foundation:
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Congregationalist

Foundation: 1550's in England
Split from: Protestantism
Supreme Leader: none
Presiding Body: autonomous, but loosely affiliated
Sacred Text(s): OT, NT
Local Religious Leader: Pastor
Doctrinal Family: Reformed-Presbyterian
Doctrine(s) Held:

 

Coptic Orthodox, Assyrian Orthodox

Foundation:
Split from:
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Presiding Body:
Sacred Text(s):
Local Religious Leader: Priest
Doctrinal Family: Western Liturgical
Doctrine(s) Held:

Donatism

Foundation:
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Anabaptist (Believer Baptism)

Doukhobors

Foundation:
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Doctrine(s) Held: Pacifism

 

Episcopal, American

Foundation:
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Local Religious Leader:
Doctrinal Family: Western Liturgical
Doctrine(s) Held:

Ethiopian Church

Foundation:
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Evangelical United Brethren Church

Foundation:
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Local Religious Leader:
Doctrinal Family: Anabaptist (Believer Baptism)
Doctrine(s) Held:

Free Church Federal Council

Foundation:
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Free Methodists, Wesleyans (see also United Methodist)

Foundation:
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Doctrinal Family: Pietist-Methodist
Doctrine(s) Held:

Gnostic

Foundation:
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Greek Orthodox

Foundation:
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Sacred Text(s):
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Doctrinal Family: Western Liturgical
Doctrine(s) Held:

Iconoclasm

Hesychasm

Foundation:
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Holiness Churches (see also Nazarene, Church of the)

Foundation:
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Huguenot Church

Foundation:
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Jehovah's Witness, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, International Bible Students

Foundation:
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Jews for Jesus

Foundation:
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Sacred Text(s):
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Doctrinal Family: Messianic Judaism
Doctrine(s) Held:

Lutheran

Foundation: 1517 by Martin Luther during Protestant Reformation
Split from: Roman Catholic
Supreme Leader: National Bishops
Presiding Body: Synod, elected delegates
Sacred Text(s): OT, NT
Local Religious Leader: Pastor
Doctrinal Family: Lutheran
Doctrine(s) Held: Justification by faith alone (not works)

Malabar Christians, Thomas Christians

Foundation:
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Mandaeans

Foundation:
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Mennonite, Church of the Brethren, Church Amish, Dunkers, Tunkers, German Baptists

Foundation: 1708 in Germany
Split from:
Supreme Leader:
Presiding Body:
Sacred Text(s): OT, NT, Schleitheim Confession
Local Religious Leader:
Doctrinal Family: Anabaptist (Believer Baptism)
Doctrine(s) Held:

Trinitarian, Jesus Was Fully Human and Fully Divine, Believer Baptism by Submersion, Woman's Inferiority and Veiling (Head Covering), Nonresistance, Nonparticipation in Civil Government, Justification by Faith and Works, Evangelism, Symbolic Eucharist Accompanied by an Agape Meal, No Interfaith Marriage, Bi-Gender Marriage, No Oaths, Pacifism, Resurrection of the Dead, Resurrection of Christ, Footwashing, Life Begins at Conception, Anti-Contraception, Anti-Euthanasia, Anti-Abortion, Pro-Organ/Body Donation, No Divorce, Celibate Separation, Remarriage of Widows, Homosexulaity as Sin, Simple Living

Messianic Judaism

Foundation:
Split from: Judaism
Supreme Leader:
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Sacred Text(s):
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Doctrine(s) Held:

Moravian (Bohemian) Brethren

Foundation: The Bohemian Brethren tradition was 'renewed' in 1722 under the guidance of Count Zinzendorf
Split from: Lutheran
Supreme Leader:
Presiding Body:
Sacred Text(s):
Local Religious Leader:
Doctrinal Family: Anabaptist (Believer Baptism)
Doctrine(s) Held: some elements of Pietism

Mormans, LDS, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Foundation: In 1830, Joseph Smith met the angel, Moroni, on Hill Cumorah in Palmyra NY and was revealed the Book of Mormon
Split from: Protestant
Supreme Leader: President
Presiding Body:
Sacred Text(s): OT, NT, Book of Mormon
Local Religious Leader:
Doctrine(s) Held: Adventist, Post-Resurrection ministry in North America by Jesus, the post-apocalyptic city of Zion will be built in the western hemisphere.

Muggletonians (extinct since 1979)

Foundation: Around 1651 by Ludowicke Muggleton and his cousin
Split from: Protestant
Supreme Leader: unknown
Presiding Body: unknown
Sacred Text(s): OT, NT
Local Religious Leader: unknown
Doctrine(s) Held:

Unitarianism, Jesus was fully divine, During the time God was incarnated in Jesus, Elijah ran the divine 'government' in his place.

NOTE: This list only contains present day Christian denominations, but I ran across this group in my studies and I just had to include it because of the name. Weasley the King!

Nazarene, Church of the (see also Holiness Churches)

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Pentacostals

Foundation:
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Presbyterian

Foundation:
Split from: Lutheran
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Protestant

Foundation:
Split from: Roman Catholic
Supreme Leader:
Presiding Body: Synod
Sacred Text(s): OT, NT
Local Religious Leader: Pastor
Doctrine(s) Held:

Quakers, Society of Friends, Friends of Truth

Foundation:
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Doctrinal Family: Anabaptist (Believer Baptism)
Doctrine(s) Held:

George Fox

Ranters

Foundation: 17th century (now extinct)
Split from: Roman Catholic or Protestant
Supreme Leader: none
Presiding Body: none
Sacred Text(s): none
Local Religious Leader: self-regulated
Doctrinal Family:

Doctrine(s) Held: Inward experience of Christ is paramount, denial of Scripture, the Creeds, and official church hierarchy

NOTE: This list only contains present day Christian denominations, but I ran across this group in my studies and it intrigued me because it shares so many characteristics with Paganism. So I included it. "It's good to be the King."

Reformed Episcopal

Foundation:
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Reformed Presbytery

Foundation: By dissent in 1690, then organized in 1743, many congregations joined the Free Church of Scotland in 1876 but some remained independent
Split from: Presbyterian Church of Scotland
Supreme Leader:
Presiding Body: Presbytery
Sacred Text(s): Old and New Testament
Local Religious Leader:
Doctrinal Family: Calvinist
Doctrine(s) Held:

Roman Catholic

Foundation: Codified in the 4th century
Split from: Judaism
Supreme Leader: Pope (Rome, Italy)
Presiding Body: Enclave of Cardinals ??
Sacred Text(s): OT, NT, Papal writings, Writings of Saints
Local Religious Leader: Priest, Canon, Deacon
Doctrinal Family: Western Liturgical
Doctrine(s) Held:

Infallibility of the Pope, Trinitarian, Resurrectino of the Dead, Resurrection of Christ, Justification by Faith and Works, Intercession for Forgiveness of Sin, Blessed Virgin Mary, Celibate Clergy, Non-Married Clergy, Monasticism, Seven Sacraments, Transubstatiation in Eucharist, Annual Eucharist

Salvation Army

Foundation:1865 for the purpose of evangelism through social work
Split from: Evangelical Protestantism
Supreme Leader: General
Presiding Body:
Sacred Text(s): OT, NT
Local Religious Leader:
Doctrinal Family:
Doctrine(s) Held:

Evangelism, Rejection of all Sacraments

Seekers

Foundation: early 17th century
Split from: Puritans
Supreme Leader:
Presiding Body:
Sacred Text(s):
Local Religious Leader:
Doctrinal Family: Anabaptist (Believer Baptism)
Doctrine(s) Held: No true Christian Church has existed since the Antichrist became uppermost in the Church, God will "in his own time" ordain new Apostles or Phrophets to found a new Church.

Shakers

Foundation:
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Doctrinal Family: Anabaptist (Believer Baptism)
Doctrine(s) Held:

Tunkers

Foundation:
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Doctrine(s) Held:

Unitarian Universalist

Foundation:
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United Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ

Foundation:
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United Free Church

Foundation:
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United Methodist

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Sources: Dictionary.com, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, Religioustolerance.org

 

 


BELIEFS OF OTHER WORLD RELIGIONS 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Buddhism

Hinduism

Hinduism is a diverse body of religious beliefs, philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India, and practiced widely in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.

It is characterized by a belief in reincarnation that helps you move up (or down) through the traditional castes, by a belief in a Supreme Being of many forms and natures (see henotheism), by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils through purification and elimination of personal identity. Modern India is attepting to make the caste system a social construct only, instead of part of the legal code.

The sacred writings of Hinduism include the Vedas (which contain the Upanishads) and the Bhagavad Gita. Buddhism and Jainism are offshoots of this religion.

Islam

This is a monotheistic, Abrahamic religion. People who follow this religion are called Muslims, which means "one who submits". Their holy book is the Qu'ran, which was revealed to a previously illiterate prophet named Muhammed in 610 to 632 CE.

The basic philosophy, or message, of Islam is submission to the will of God (Allah), which is what "islam" with a small i means. Muslims believe all prophets before Muhammed were also proclaiming islam, including Jesus. They believe that Islam is not a new religion, rather it is a restoration of the previously corrupted religion.

Muslims demonstrate their submission to Allah's will by avoiding polytheism, worshipping Him, and performing the Five Pillars. Angels are guardians, messengers and recorders, and belief in their existence is an important part of Islam.

The Five Pillars are: publicly declaring the shahadah or testament, performing specific prayers called salah five times daily, the sawm which is dawn-to-dusk fasting during the (also previously sacred) lunar month of Ramadan, giving the zakat donation and more if possible, and travelling once in a lifetime (the hajj) to the Kaaba Stone in Mecca and performing an elaborate, energetic, multi-day ritual.

Muslims believe simultaneously in human-only free will and predestination by an omnipotent, omniscient God. I have not quite wrapped my brain around that, and to try would be waaaay beyond the scope of this article.

Although the teachings of the Qu'ran were transmitted orally at first, they was written down by Muhammed's followers shortly after his death and have remained largely unchanged since. The religious leaders in Islam are called caliph, religio-political leader of the Muslim state also called amir, the ulema, scholars and judges of Islamic Shari'a law, or imam, meaning leader.

Beginning after his first revelations, Muhammed spent the rest of his life teaching about Islam, converting people, and occasionally taking up arms to have Islam be allowed to exist as a religion in his hometown, Mecca. He and his few followers fled the violence (and commercially devastating boycott of his clan) to nearby Medina in 622. This emigration is called the Hijra, and marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar. Peace among the tribes was achieved by Muhammed's drafting of the Constitution of Medina. In 630, after many years of attacks and truces, Muhammed responded to the Meccan rejection of the latest truce by attacking. His religious movement had grown from a few dozen outsiders to a reported ten thousand believers who stormed the city. It was a nearly bloodless coup.

By his death in 632, Muhammed was the political leader of both Medina and Mecca. He was also the religious leader of most of the Arabian peninsula. Muslims do not differentiate between matters of "church and state", and live by sets of laws called Sharia and Fiqh.

Soon after his death, however, his followers disagreed over who should succeed him in the new Muslim polity. The two primary candidates were his friend and collaborator, Abu Bakr (the first caliph of the Sunni Muslims), and his cousin/son-in-law Ali ibn Abi Talib (the first imam of the Shi'a muslims). Despite this rift, the Muslim nation conquered the already dissatisfied and war-weary regions of Mesopotamia and Persia, as well as the Roman colonies of Syria and Egypt. This was the advent of the Rashidun Empire of the first four Caliphates.

"Islam consists of a number of religious denominations that are essentially similar in belief but which have significant theological and legal differences. The primary division is between the Sunni and the Shi'a, with Sufism generally considered to be a mystical inflection of Islam rather than a distinct school. According to most sources, [as of 2007] approximately 85% of the world's Muslims are Sunni, 14% are Shi'a with the 1% being other various small minorities and Islamic sects."

Islamism

 

Jainism

Judaism

Karaites reject the Rabbinical tradition of scholarly interpretation. They are the fundamentalists of Judaism.

The Sanhedrin was essentially the parliament and supreme court of the Jewish and Palestinian people from before the rise of the Roman empire until the early centuries of the Common Era. They settled disputes within the Jewish world, collected taxes, and acted as the civil court of Jerusalem.

Satanism (COS)

A modern religious tradition that requires adherents to seek only self-service.  It is a response to Christianity.  There is a modern Church of Satan, guided by the works of author Anton Lavey.  The basic theology expresses a paleo-Gnostic worldview, where Satan (also known as Lucifer the Light Bringer) is actually trying to free mankind from the Creator. 

Some Satanists still include forms of violence and aggression such as killing animals and using the symbols of other religions in negative ways.  Others are peaceful and not easily recognized.  A good overview is at http://altreligion.about.com/library/faqs/bl_satanism.htm   

Taoism

Taoists believe that the Tao a formless, unchanging and self-sufficient form of energy, which was present before the universe existed, and continues to be present in all things. This is immanence.

Zoroastrianism, Avesta

 

Sources: Dictionary.com, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, Religioustolerance.org, The Beliefnet Guide to Islam

 

 


BELIEFS OF PAGAN TRADITIONS (DENOMINATIONS)

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Alexandrian Wicca

Asatru

Druidism, Druidry

Eclectic

This term describes a person who does not follow any one system of philosophy or religion, but selects and uses what are considered the best elements of all systems. The resulting "eclectic" system often derives from a wide range of historic periods, the concept or element in each instance often being chosen for its appropriateness to personal tradition, geography, purpose, and/or cultural background.

Eclecticism can function within any religion, to varying degrees of acceptance, but is especially common in "modern" religions like Neopaganism.  Some who have maintained their affiliative (meaning, from childhood or family) faith tradition do not view such "buffet" practices as valid.  On the other hand, Neopagans would point out that outdated, useless and potentially psychologically harmful doctrines should be shed or ignored.

Elementalists

Magical practitioners who focus primarily on aligning actions with these Elements are called Elementalists, of which I am one.  Many Neopagans include Spirit as a fifth element.  Kabbalists (Jewish magical philosophic tradition) would also add Matter as the sixth Element.  

Goddess Worship (general)

Hedgecraft (see Hedge witch)

Gardnerian Wicca

Neo-Paganism, Paganism

Neo-Paganism, or just "Paganism," is a modern religion. Just as in the other major world religions there is a wide variety of denominations, called "traditions" or "trads" within the larger umbrella of Paganism.

Most Neo-Pagan traditions have many of the following factors in common:

  • their faith was almost or completely wiped out in the past and has since been reconstructed from ancient information sources.
  • a duotheistic or polytheistic belief system (they recognize a Goddess and God, and/or believe in many deities).
  • many followers are solitary practitioners.
  • others are involved in small groups, which various traditions call circles, covens, garths, groves, hearths, kindreds, etc.
  • they celebrate four main seasonal days of celebrations each year, associated with the equinoxes and solstices.
  • many also celebrate four additional days, each between a solstice and equinox.
  • they prefer to conduct their religious rituals outdoors where practical.
  • many do not practice their religion publicly because of the danger of abuse from very devout but misinformed Christians who have associated them with an evil and non-existent form of Satanism.
  • they have a minimal or no hierarchical structure.
  • they have a concern for the environment.
  • They feel close to nature and its cycles.
  • They follow a behavioral code that requires them to avoid hurting themselves or others.

Seax

Shamanism

Wicca

Wicca is a modern religion (i.e., based on experience rather than dogma) originated by Gerald Gardner in the British Isles in 1950.  Gardner mingled goddess theology and magical science in his new "tradition". Rather quickly, splinter groups began forming, or "hiving off," resulting in myriad traditions or "trads" within Wicca and Neopaganism in general. 

Many books that have been published in the last fifty years (see web sites for Llewellyn, Weiser, New Page) are about Eclectic Wicca and becoming a magical practitioner. 

Recently there has been a great deal of debate, and many Eclectic and/or Solitary Neopagans feel that use of magic is a skill, and should not presuppose belief in the God/Goddess polarity (see Bitheism, above).

 

Sources: Dictionary.com, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, Religioustolerance.org

 


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