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Author Gary Leazer

The Kurds: A Profile

All Kurds dream of a free Kurdistan, and they hope the overthrow of Saddam Hussein will help them turn dream into reality. The Medes and the Chaldeans captured Nineveh in 612 B.C., 130 years after Jonah was sent to “that great city” (Jon 1:2). Cyrus, founder of the Persian Empire, defeated the kingdom of the […] Read More

The first words a baby hears after birth is the word of witness. The last words a person is supposed to hear before death is the word of witness. It is supposed to be a unifying statement among the world’s one billion Muslims. But the word of witness is also a divisive phrase in Islam. […] Read More

The origin of the Chinese New Year is centuries old and lost in a haze of legend and myth. All legends agree that the word “Nian,” a Chinese term meaning “year,” was the name of a cruel monster that preyed on and swallowed people the night before the beginning of the new year. Chinese people […] Read More

Rosh Hashanah: A Profile

Rosh Hashanah, which literally means the head or first of the year, commemorates the creation of the world. Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the “Jewish New Year.” It is celebrated on the first and second days of the seventh month of the Jewish calendar, the month called Tishri. Rosh Hashanah also commemorates some of […] Read More

In a full-page advertisement in the July 10, 2002, issue of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (and reportedly in newspapers around the world), The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification—a Unification Church organization—reports on an alleged spirit-world meeting December 19-28, 2001, in which Jesus Christ and others announced they have accepted Sun Myung Moon as the […] Read More

A 1955 Gallup poll found that only 4 percent of American adults had changed faiths from their parents’ faith. By 1985, that figure had risen to 33 percent. Fully 40 percent of Protestants have changed church affiliations. Denominational labels are becoming less important among Protestants, and switching denominations has become quite common. Much of this […] Read More

The Southern Baptist Convention created the program of interfaith witness in 1965 and assigned it to the Home Mission Board. M. Thomas Starkes was the first director. In its early years, the interfaith witness department developed several basic objectives to present a balanced program to assist Southern Baptists in carrying out the Great Commission: To […] Read More

Buddhism: A Profile

The Buddha wrote nothing, but taught that a person gains enlightenment by following the “Middle Path” between self-indulgence and self-mortification. Worldwide: 357,000,000 United States: 780,000 Founder Siddhartha Gautama (563-483 B.C.) was born in what is now Nepal. He was the son of an Indian chieftain, a member of the warrior caste of Hinduism. It is […] Read More

Hinduism: A Profile

Hinduism is the oldest living world religion. It is also the most difficult to understand as Hindus may be atheists, monotheists or polytheists, depending on their interpretation of Hinduism’s diverse scriptures, written between 1500 B.C.-A.D. 250. There is no equivalent of the Christian Bible or Muslim Quran in Hinduism. Hindu scriptures include the Vedas, Brahmanas, […] Read More

Baha’i World Faith

Baha’is, numbering more than 5 million, are found in over 200 countries. There are 110,000 Baha’is in the United States. South Carolina, California, Texas, Georgia and Illinois have the largest concentrations of Baha’is in America. Mirza Husayn-Ali (1817-1892), known as Baha’u’llah, meaning the Glory of God (Allah) World Headquarters Haifa, Israel U.S. Headquarters Wilmette (near […] Read More