No simple definition can describe all the different religions in the world. For so many people religion is an organised system of beliefs, ceremonies, prayers and worship, all dedicated to some supreme being, God, to any kind of idol or Deity (no matter if there is just one or many of them). People practice religion for lots of different reasons,it gives them feeling of security because of the belief in some divine power that is watching over them. Different countries, cultures, tribes and families are beeing connected and at the same time divided by their beliefs, due to their heritage but allso the way of thinking influenced by the time they live in, and things they have. Recently, people are either more and more grabbing into religion just to find something... anything to believe in, or losing their religion.
We study different religious faiths in order to understand other people.
Many people have strong religious convictions, and it would be impossible to understand them without first understanding their faith.
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are monotheistic faiths practiced by about half of the world's population. Monotheism refers to the belief in one God. The faiths are often called western religions to distinguish them from the eastern religions practiced primarily in Asia. Believers in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are found on every continent, but tend to be concentrated in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Western Asia and North Africa. Christianity and Islam are growing influences in sub-Saharan Africa, often replacing indigenous faiths.
While western religions are centered on the belief in one God, many believers of eastern religions seek to find enlightenment by looking within themselves. Hinduism and Buddhism are popular faiths in India and Southeast Asia. Since becoming a communist nation in 1949, China has discouraged religion. Many Chinese practice...