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Important and informative information about religions covered on this site, organized by religion. This is the quickest way of reading everyone available about a particular religion.
  1. Comparisons of Religions
  2. Baha'i Faith
  3. Deism
  4. Gnosticism
  5. Jediism
  6. Luciferianism
  7. Native American
  8. New Age
  9. Raelian Movement
  10. Rastafari Movement
  1. Santeria
  2. Satanism
  3. Science of Mind / Religous Science
  4. Scientology
  5. Shinto
  6. Vodou
  7. Zoroastrianism
  8. Unitarian Universalism (UU)
  9. Other

Comparisons of Religions

A series of articles comparing multiple religions to one another for quick overviews.

Baha'i Faith

Baha'i 9-Pointed Star

A 19th century religious movement that emerged out of Shia Islam and accepts the validity of multiple other religions. The faith is monotheistic and accepts that God periodically sends manifestations of himself to earth to instruct humanity. These manifestations include not only their own founder but also figures of other religions such as Zoroaster, Jesus, Mohammad, Moses and Krishna.


Deists believe in a creator god but reject revealed religion and generally believe this god in no longer directly involved with events on earth.


Gnosticism encompasses a very wide range of beliefs and is better viewed as a collection of religions sharing some common themes rather than as one specific religion. There are two basic components to beliefs commonly labeled as Gnostic, although the importance of one over the other can vary immensely. The first is gnosis and the second is dualism.


Temple of the Jedi Order Symbol

Modern religions can draw on some unlikely sources. Thousands, perhaps even hundreds of thousands, of people have found spiritual meaning in the ways of the Force outlined in Star Wars movies and books. It is highly decentralized, so any information offered about Jedi can only be expected to represent a segment of their population.


While some consider Luciferianism a branch of Satanism, the Luciferians generally see themselves as following their own unique faith, in which Lucifer is a being of mystery, illumination and knowledge.

Native American

Native Americans do not have a united faith. Different tribes can have vastly different beliefs and practices. In addition, many Native Americans have chosen to enter the Native American Church. Among other things, it allows them to legally use peyote. Unfortunately, native American beliefs have long been exploited and commercialized by outsiders.

New Age

The New Age movement comprises a wide variety of practices and beliefs. Many of these beliefs and practices have no overt ties to religion: you don't need to have faith in any deity or spirit to believe that crystals can have metaphysical qualities to them, for example. Most New Agers do not practice everything that falls under the New Age category, and many people who practice only a few of them do not consider themselves New Agers at all.

Raelian Movement

Based upon the founders encounters with aliens, the Raelian Movement teaches that there are no gods but instead that humanity was created by advanced beings whom we have mistakenly called gods in previous centuries.

Rastafari Movement

The Rastafarian movement developed in Jamaica in the 1930s with strong roots in both the Judeo-Christian tradition and Return-to-Africa movements developing among black Jamaicans at the time. They accept Haile Selassie I, emperor of Ethiopia from 1930-1974, to be the Messiah, an incarnation of Jah, or God.


Santeria is an African Diaspora religion that developed among the slave population in Cuba and emigrated outward from the Caribbean island.


Church of Satan

While rumors of Satanic practices have circulated for centuries, organized Satanism is very new and very unlike the Christian descriptions. Learn how atheists follow the teachings of Anton LaVey and use Satan as a symbol - rather than a living entity - for material fulfillment and success.

Science of Mind / Religous Science

Science of Mind is a branch of New Thought belief. It was founded in 1927 by Dr. Ernest Holmes, an American. It started with the writing of The Science of Mind, and he later formed the Church of Religious Science. Today, the terms Science of Mind and Religious Science are used interchangeably in describing Holmes' beliefs.


Scientology emerged with the publication of the book Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard in 1949. This personal development movement offers techniques developed to assist practitioners in ridding themselves of limiting influences keeping their souls from reaching their full potential.


Shinto, roughly meaning "the way of the gods," is the traditional religion of Japan. It centers upon the relationship between practitioners and a multitude of supernatural entities called kami who are associated with all aspects of life.


Ogoun veve

Vodou (also spelled Voodoo, Vodoun, Vodun and numerous other variances) is a syncretic, Caribbean religion mixing traditional African beliefs brought over by slaves and Catholic Christianity, which was the primary form of Christianity in the Caribbean during its formation. Similar terms are also used to refer to the original African religions which are still practiced today. This section focuses primarily on Caribbean Vodou.


Faravahar, Symbol of Zorastrianism

Zoroastrianism is one of the oldest religions still being practiced today. It emerged in what is modern-day Iran around the 10th century BCE, promoted by its prophet, Zoroaster, who preached monotheism to a polytheistic audience.

Unitarian Universalism (UU)

Unitarian Universalist Flaming Chalice

The Unitarian Universalists, or UUs, are the product of two separate but similar movements, the Unitarians and the Universalists. This officially occurred in 1961 through the formation of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

While both previous groups commonly identified themselves as Christian, Unitarian Universalism considers itself a separate religion in which belief in a higher power is optional and teachings focus instead on the inherent worth of all human beings, religious tolerance, rationality, advancing truth, and ethical living.


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