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Articles about Religion, Atheism, and Odd Theology

There’s a lot of weird stuff out there. I’m fascinated by what people believe, and why…so this is fun for me. However: ideas have consequences, so I also take the ideas in these articles seriously.

Whether life has any real meaning is a nearly-universal question. At its core, atheism must deny that life has any objective meaning. With no God, there can be no objective meaning, so there can be no objective morality.

Every two years, Ligonier Ministries commissions a survey of 3000 Americans to learn what they believe about God. As usual, "This survey shows that people inside the church need clear Bible teaching just as much as those outside the church."

The doctrine of purgatory says that people suffer to pay for for their own sins. The Bible tells an entirely different story.

It's okay for Christians to eat pork. Why wouldn't it be okay? Some suggest that because the ancient Israelites were forbidden by God to eat pork, Christians are to avoid pork as well. That this is nonsense should be obvious to everyone, as Christians are not Israelites. Unfortunately, many preachers and teachers are teaching nonsense.

Postmodernism is the idea is that reality is subjective...that there is no absolute truth, and that reality differs from person to person. The phrase "what's true for you might not be true for me" typifies a postmodern point of view.

The KJVO controversy is about whether Christians should consider only the King James Version of the Bible to be reliable and trustworthy. While there are a variety of views within the KJVO movement, the basic idea is simple: no other Bible will do.

Also known as "Moonies" and "The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity," adherents of Unification believe Sun Myung Moon to have been the manifestation of God on Earth.

Created by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology is a pseudo-scientific business cult masquerading as a religion. Among its teachings is the idea that remembering your true identity will allow you to change reality with your mind.

Also known as "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints," Mormonism was founded by Joseph Smith, Jr. after a supposed visitation by God and Jesus in which he was chosen to restore lost Christianity.

The name “Jehovah’s Witnesses” was taken to avoid confusion between the Watchtower organization and others who claimed to be the true followers of Russell, calling themselves the Laymen’s Home Missionary Movement and the The Dawn Bible Students.

Islam is the 2nd largest religion in the world, with 1.6 billion people declaring their faith in Muhammad and Allah. With today’s birth rates and conversions to the religion, Islam is the fastest-growing religion in world.

While it could be said that Christianity had no beginning, the Christian church as we know it began in the 1st century AD. Founding Occasion: The death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.

Theologically, Christian Science is a cult of Christianity. Also known as The First Church of Christ, Scientist, it shares common ground with Gnosticism.

Baha'i is a cult of Islam. Its founding occasion is Muhammad’s announcement that he bore a divine revelation destined to transform the spiritual life of the human race.

Religion FactSheets outline the basic information about world religions, cults, and movements, listed alphabetically. They're some of the most popular content on GodWords. If you'd like to request a new FactSheet, feel free to contact me.

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