Purpose and preparation When I speak of the ritual on this page as the "ultimate" rite of blasphemy for ex-Christians, I mean "ultimate" in the sense of involving the one sin which the Christian Bible claims will damn you irrevocably, with no hope of forgiveness.
Polytheism Polytheism is the belief that there is more than one god. Within polytheism there are hard and soft varieties[ citation needed ]: Hard polytheism views the gods as being distinct and separate beings; an example of this would be certain schools of Hinduism as well as Hellenismos.
Soft polytheism views the gods as being subsumed into a greater whole. Polytheism is also divided according to how the individual deities are regarded: If they are worshiped one at a time, then each is supreme in turn.
The belief that there may be more than one deity, but that only one is worthy of being worshiped. Most of the modern monotheistic religions may have begun as monolatric ones, although this is disputed.
Pantheism and panentheism[ edit ] Main articles: Pantheism and Panentheism Pantheism: The belief that the physical universe is equivalent to god, and that there is no division between a Creator and the substance of its creation. Like Pantheism, the belief that the physical universe is joined to a god or gods.
However, it also believes that the divine pervades and interpenetrates every part of the universe and also extends beyond time and space. Examples include most forms of Vaishnavism and the philosophy of Baruch Spinoza. Instead, Deism holds that religious beliefs must be founded on human reason and observed features of the natural world, and that these sources reveal the existence of a supreme being as creator.
The belief that God preceded the universe and created it, but is now equivalent with it. The belief that multiple gods exist, but do not intervene in the universe. This can be in a selfless way, a way following the implications of statements attributed to ethical, philosophical, and religious leaders such as Mahavira[ citation needed ].
Dystheism is the belief that a deity is not wholly good, and is possibly evil. Misotheism is the belief that a deity exists, but is wholly malicious.Theistic definition, the belief in one God as the creator and ruler of the universe, without rejection of revelation (distinguished from deism).
See more. A few liberal Christian theologians, define a "nontheistic God" as "the ground of all being" rather than as a personal divine being. John Shelby Spong refers to a theistic God as "a personal being with expanded supernatural, human, and parental qualities, which has shaped every religious idea of the Western world.".
From a nontheist, naturalist, and rationalist perspective, the concept of. Some exclude beliefs and practices that many people passionately defend as religious. For example, their definition might requite a belief in a God or Goddess or combination of Gods and Goddesses who are responsible for the creation of the universe and for its continuing operation.
Religion in the Curriculum DAVID L. BARR * IF THINGS are important in in verse ratio to the ease with which they may be defined, religion must be very im. In religion, dualism means the belief in two supreme opposed powers or gods, or sets of divine or demonic beings, that caused the world to exist.
It may conveniently be contrasted with monism, which sees the world as consisting of one principle such as mind (spirit) or matter; with monotheism ; or with various pluralisms and polytheisms, which see a multiplicity of principles or powers at work. Quotations about religion, from The Quote Garden.
I believe the purpose of all major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts. ~Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, c