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Author Gary Leazer

The word “syncretism” comes from a Greek word first used to describe rival Greek armies who joined together to fight a common enemy. It later described the combination of religious ideas to form a new religion. Syncretism is not a distinct religion. It is the practice of combining teachings and practices of various religions, changing […] Read More

God is good and is present everywhere, but Unity’s understanding of God is not the God of traditional Christian theology. For Unity, God is an impersonal or universal principle; a power present throughout the universe; intelligence; or love. Headquarters: Unity is headquartered at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Unity Village, a 1,400-acre incorporated […] Read More

Islam: A Profile

The Shahada, or confession of faith, states that “I bear witness that there is no god but God and that Muhammad is the Messenger of God.” A devout Muslim will always repeat the Shahada upon rising and at bedtime. It is whispered into the ear of a newborn and into the ear of a person […] Read More

A Ramadan Primer

Fasting (“sawn” in Arabic) during the month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims believe the Qur’an, Islam’s holy book, was first revealed to Muhammad during the month of Ramadan, but that the practice of fasting began with Abraham. Fasting is an act of […] Read More

A Ramadan Primer

Fasting (“sawn” in Arabic) during the month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims believe the Qur’an, Islam’s holy book, was first revealed to Muhammad during the month of Ramadan, but that the practice of fasting began with Abraham. Fasting (“sawn” in Arabic) during […] Read More

Osama bin Laden has made no secret of his goals. They are clear and simple, but involve several desired outcomes. Bin Laden wants the United States to withdraw military forces from Saudi Arabia. “Now infidels walk everywhere on the land where Muhammad was born and where the Qur’an was revealed to him,” bin Laden told […] Read More

What is Islam?

Understanding people of all faiths is a valuable step in not only becoming a better citizen of the world, but in becoming a more understanding Christian as well. Islam is more than the faith of people on the other side of the globe. It is a growing part of America’s religious landscape. So what is […] Read More

The term refers to the view that God is one person only, thus denying the doctrine of the trinity, the divinity of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts Membership: 220,000 Publisher: Beacon Press Periodicals: UU WORLD (6 times per year), Interconnections (a bi-monthly newsletter for UU lay leaders), Inward Springs (a bi-monthly […] Read More

Sikhism: A Profile

The term “Sikh” comes from the Sanskrit word shishya meaning disciple, learner, a seeker of truth. Founders: Guru Nanak Dev Ji (1469-1539) and nine successive gurus until 1708. Central Shrine: The Golden Temple in the Pool of Immortality at Amritsar, in the Punjab region of India. The leader of the Golden Temple is the final […] Read More

Mary Ann Morse Baker was the sixth and last child of Mark and Abigail Baker, members of a strict Congregationalist church. Founded: Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910)Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts Membership: Not reported, but believed to have peaked in 1960 at 350,000 members. Today: estimated 150,000-170,000 in 2,500 branches (local churches) in over 60 countries. Each branch […] Read More