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Orthodox Judaism

Orthodox Judaism is the more traditional form of nowadays Judaism. It holds that both the scripture of the Torah and mouth-to-mouth traditions later written down in the Talmud etc., were actually and literally given by God, and that past rabbis h ...

                                               

Palitana Jain Temples

The Palitana temples or Shri Shatrunjaya Tirtha is a sacred by Svetambara Jains. The city of the same name, known previously as Padliptapur, has been dubbed "City of Temples". Shatrunjaya means a "place of victory against inner enemies" or "which ...

                                               

Papal conclave

A Papal conclave is a meeting of cardinals. The cardinals meet to elect the next bishop of Rome, to become pope. This becomes necessary when the old pope dies or resigns. Usually, popes do not resign, though. The last pope to resign was Pope Bene ...

                                               

Papyrus 46

Papyrus 46 is one of the oldest New Testament manuscripts known to exist. It was probably created between the year 175 and 225. Some leaves are part of the Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri Collection, and others are in the Papyri Collection of the ...

                                               

Parable of the Lost Sheep

The Parable of the Lost Sheep is one of the parables of Jesus. It is found in the Gospel of Matthew at 18:12–14 and the Gospel of Luke at 15:3–7. It also appears in the non-canonical Gospel of Thomas. The parable is one of three that tell of loss ...

                                               

Parable of the Mustard Seed

The Parable of the Mustard Seed is one of the parables of Jesus. It is found in three of the Gospels of the New Testament: Gospel of Matthew, Gospel of Mark, and Gospel of Luke. The differences among the three tellings are minor. In Matthew and L ...

                                               

Parable of the Prodigal Son

The Parable of the Prodigal Son is one of the parables of Jesus. It is found only in the Gospel of Luke at 15:11-32. The parable is about a son who wastes his share of his fathers estate. He loses all his money and gets work feeding pigs - one of ...

                                               

Passover

Passover is a religious holiday or festival noted by ceremonies each year, mostly by Jewish people. They celebrate it to remember when God used Moses to free the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, as told in the book of Exodus in the Bible. God to ...

                                               

Pope Paul I

Pope Paul I was an Italian priest of the Roman Catholic Church and the 94th Pope from May 29, 757 to June 28, 767.

                                               

Persecution of Muslims

Persecution of Muslims is the religious persecution of Muslims. This can mean any form of participating in discrimination against Muslims. This includes using violence against them or putting them in prison. Muslims were persecuted during the cru ...

                                               

First Epistle of Peter

The First Epistle of Peter is the sixtieth book in the Christian Bible, and the twenty-first in the New Testament. This book is believed to be a letter from Peter to fellow Christians. The traditional Roman Catholic belief is that was written dur ...

                                               

Second Epistle of Peter

The Second Epistle of Peter is the 61st book in the Christian Bible, and the twenty-second in the New Testament. This book is believed to be a letter from Peter, who was a disciple of Jesus.

                                               

Epistle to Philemon

The Epistle to Philemon is the fifty-seventh book in the Christian Bible, and the eighteenth in the New Testament. Almost everyone agrees that letter was written by the Saint Paul to Philemon. It is the shortest of Pauls letters, consisting of on ...

                                               

Epistle to the Philippians

The Epistle to the Philippians is a short book in the New Testament. It is a letter to the church at Philippi in Macedonia from Saint Paul. It was written while Paul was in jail for telling people about Jesus.

                                               

Pleiades (mythology)

The Pleiades are seven nymphs in Greek mythology, and companions of Artemis. They were the seven daughters of Atlas and the nymph Pleione. They were all born on Mount Cyllene, which is in Arcadia.

                                               

Poseidon

Poseidon is the god of the sea, earthquakes, storms and horses in ancient Greek religion and myth. He was one of the Twelve Olympians. His parents were Kronos and Rhea. He was the older brother of Zeus yet not by much. Poseidon was generally rega ...

                                               

Presbyterian Church in Canada

The Presbyterian Church in Canada is a Protestant Christian denomination in Canada. Presbyterian churches in Canada were started in the late 16th century by Scottish and French Huguenots immigrants. These churches became orgainized into four deno ...

                                               

Presbyterianism

Presbyterianism is a kind of Protestant Christianity. It was started in Scotland by John Knox during the 16th century. It became powerful in England during the Civil War. Today there are Presbyterian churches across the world. Presbyterians follo ...

                                               

Prima scriptura

In Christianity, prima scriptura is the idea that canonical scripture is the most important kind of divine revelation. People who believe in this idea say that revelation that comes from scripture is more important than revelation that comes from ...

                                               

Protestantism

Protestantism is a form of Christian faith and practice. It began in northern Europe in the early 16th century. At that time, they were against some parts of Roman Catholicism. Together with Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism, Protestantism ...

                                               

Psalm 151

Psalm 151 is a short psalm that is controversial because it is in some versions of the Bible but not others. In particular, it is in several very old Greek translations of the Bible but is not in the Hebrew Bible. There has been a lot of debate o ...

                                               

Qibla

Qiblah is an Arabic word for the direction that should be faced when a Muslim prays during Salah. Most mosques contain a niche in a wall that indicates the qiblah. First Qibla ;Unlike the biography stories that are composed of traditional rumor c ...

                                               

Rainbow body

The rainbow body in Buddhism is a body that is made of light, not flesh. The term is mostly used in the part of Tibetan Buddhism called Dzogchen. According to Dzogchen, the rainbow body is a sign of complete mastery of the Dzogchen view. Tenzin W ...

                                               

Rastafari movement

A Rastafarian is a member of the Rastafari movement. Most Rastafarians live in the Caribbean, most notably Jamaica. Rastafarians say that Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, is Jah shortened from Jehovah. They say that Jesus has returned again in the f ...

                                               

Ratnasambhava

Ratnasambhava is one of the five Dhyani Buddhas. His mandala is yellow and is in the southern direction. Ratnasambhava embodies Dharma that changes pride, miserliness and avarice into equanimity. He is shown with his right hand extended down, pal ...

                                               

Reconstructionist Judaism

Reconstructionist Judaism is a movement within Judaism that started in the 1920s. People like Mordecai Kaplan believed that Judaism is like a civilization that constantly develops. The Jewish society therefore develops much like any other society ...

                                               

Reform Judaism

Progressive Judaism, sometimes called Reform Judaism is a change of beliefs within Judaism. This change began in 19th century Germany. There are a number of changes which fall under these denominations. In very basic terms: The religious books of ...

                                               

Religion in ancient Armenia

The early religions in Armenia are not that well known. According to De Morgan there are signs which indicate that the Armenians, as their other Aryan relatives, were initially nature worshipers and that this faith in time was transformed to the ...

                                               

Religion in Bulgaria

Religion in Bulgaria are divided into large number of religions: The main one, which is Orthodox Christianity, of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, is the dominant religion of Bulgaria which it is practised by 80%. The main religion of Bulgaria, Isl ...

                                               

Religion in Canada

Religion in Canada covers a wide range of beliefs. Most Canadians are Christians. Of that group Roman Catholics make up 34% of the population. Protestants make up about 27% of Canadas population. As of 2011 23.9% of Canadians reported they practi ...

                                               

Religion in Vietnam

Officially, Vietnam is an atheist state. Despite this, many of its citizens are religious. The three main religions in Vietnam are Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Sometimes, they are grouped together as one religion called the three teachings ...

                                               

Religious conversion

Religious conversion is the adoption of a new religious identity, or a change from one religious identity to another. "Conversion" can take place not only from one religion to another, but also between different denominations, within the same fai ...

                                               

Religious debates over the Harry Potter series

Religious debates over the Harry Potter series of books by J. K. Rowling are usually because people say the books have occult or Satanic parts. These sayings come from some Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Christians. It also comes from Muslims ...

                                               

Religious persecution

Religious persecution means unfair treatment of a particular group of people because of their religion. It aims at forcing the religious to go away or give up their religion. "Persecution" comes from a Latin word meaning "chase", and usually mean ...

                                               

Religious segregation

Religious segregation is the idea that people should be separated based on their religion. Certain laws of a country may only apply to one religious group. As an example, Sharia only applies to Muslims. The term religious apartheid has also been ...

                                               

Religious toleration

Religious toleration is people allowing other people to think or practice other religions and beliefs. In a country with a state religion, toleration means that the government allows other religions to be there. Many countries in past centuries a ...

                                               

Religious violence

Religious violence means the religiously-motivated killing and/or injuring of people of one religion by people of another region. The September 11 attacks are an example of religious mass-killing. In India, incidents of attacks by hindu-nationali ...

                                               

Religious Zionism

Religious Zionism is a branch of Zionism. It is a combination of Zionism and Judaism. Religious Zionists are in favour of a State of Israel, that is mainly populated by Jews and dominated by Judaism. In their view the State of Israel should encom ...

                                               

Repentance

Repentance means that a person wants to get rid of the sin that it has committed. In some cases, individuals or nations repent of their sins and are spared Gods judgment. Sometimes the punishment avoided is destruction in this life, sometimes it ...

                                               

Riddarholmen Church

The Riddarholmen Church is a church building in Stockholm, Sweden. It belongs to the Church of Sweden. It is on the island of Riddarholmen. Several Swedish monarchs are buried here. It is one of the oldest building in Stockholm, and dates back to ...

                                               

Rochester Cathedral

Rochester Cathedral is a Norman church in Rochester, Kent, and the cathedral of the Anglican diocese of Rochester. It was originally founded in 604 AD, and rebuilt by the Normans. The present church was consecrated in 1130. It became a place of p ...

                                               

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton is a Roman Catholic archdiocese in Alberta. It was created in 1912. The archdiocese covers Central Alberta, Edmonton Capital Region, and the middle and upper half of the Albertas Rockies region. It has 1 ...

                                               

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quebec

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quebec is a Catholic archdiocese in the province of Quebec, Canada. It was started in 1658 as an Apostolic vicariate. Pope Clement X made it a diocese in 1674. At the time, the diocese covered all of New France. ...

                                               

Roman Catholicism in Canada

The Roman Catholic Church in Canada is part of the world wide Catholic Church. As of 2008, it was the third largest religious body in Canada. Over 13 million Canadians was a baptized member of the Catholic Church. Catholics first settled in Canad ...

                                               

Rosary

The Rosary is a Catholic form of prayer using beads. It is a cycle of repeated formal prayers, such as the Lords Prayer and the Hail Mary, done while thinking about important events in the lives of Jesus and Mary. This is called "saying the Rosar ...

                                               

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish holiday commonly referred to as the "Jewish New Year." It is observed on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. The festival lasts for two days. Rosh Hashanah is the first of the High Holiday ...

                                               

Sabbath

A sabbath is a day reserved for rest or prayer, usually each week. The word Sabbath comes from the Hebrew word Shabbat. This word is built from the Hebrew root Sh-B-T, meaning rest. In the Hebrew Bible, or Tanakh, the root Sh-B-T is used to descr ...

                                               

Sacrament

The Roman Catholic Church knows seven such sacraments. These are Penance and remission of sins Confirmation - done when reaching maturity Baptism - usually given shortly after birth, it is meant to forgive original sin. Holy orders - the deacon, ...

                                               

Saint Erics Cathedral

Saint Erics Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Stockholm, Sweden. It is located on Sodermalm, the southern part of central Stockholm. It was built in 1892, and in 1953 it was raised to the status of a cathedral, when the Roman Catholic Di ...

                                               

Saint Thomas Church (Strasbourg)

Saint Thomas Church in Strasbourg is a Protestant church today. It is very important for Strasbourg, from a cultural and historic perspective. Strasbourg Cathedral had to be given to the Catholics when the French occupied Strasbourg in 1681. Sinc ...