the belief in one God as the creator and ruler of the universe, without rejection of revelation ( distinguished from deism). Theistic religions hold a belief in God or in multiple gods.
belief in one God
belief in many gods
belief that the divine reality exists in everything
most religions teach that the supreme or ultimate realty is revealed to humans in some manner. This usually takes place in sacred stories or myths, or through various types of religious experience
Religion commonly begins with the religious experiences of individuals. Ex. Gautama experienced enlightenment under the bodhi tree, he became Buddha, and Buddhism was born. Muhammad began to experience revelations from Allah, Islam began to take form. Religious experience does not necessarily produce a new religion.
generally belongs to the category religious experience, although it has doctrinal aspects. In the New Testament, for instance, the Apostle Paul describes faith as being closely related to experience of the Holy Spirit, and involving more than just intellectual belief. In theistic religions God is experienced as a holy presence who is other (that is , as a being distinct from the individual).
the concept of my is not familiar to many today because people no longer hold a predominantly mythic world view. Today myth is equated
People who believe in a religion generally believe in something namely the creeds, doctrines, or teachings of their religion. Christians for example believe in the Apostles Creed and in the doctrine of the Trinity. The belief aspect of religion is categorized as the doctrinal dimension.
The ethical dimensions includes many sets of teachings that respond to that question: for example, the Ten Commandments in the Christian tradition.
a formal worship practice, often based on the reenactment of a myth or sacred story.
the involvement of communities within the worship experience. A sense of belonging to a group such as a tribe, parish or congregation where a person shares faith experiences
Architecture of cathedrals, temples, and other structures of worship and the art within them. Icons - crucifix, statues of Buddha, Holy Bible, Torah, Koran, etc.
studying religions should bring about a greater understanding of other religions and to your own Catholic faith.
the capacity for seeing things from another's perspective
is part of life intentionally , when we suffer we get closer to God.
it understand the nature of the universe