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greek for god


the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth


one who believes in the existence of a god or gods


doctrine that reality is one


a lack of belief in the existence of God or gods


a person who doubts truth of religion


An idea one holds to be true


Putting what you believe into action


a statement of belief or principle


any customary observance or practice


a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience


One who has relationship with the divine


Group ideas of right and wrong


motivation based on ideas of right and wrong


understanding and entering into another's feelings


the understanding of the nature of the universe


(Christianity) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil


a religion based on mystical communion with an ultimate reality


A traditional story about gods, ancestors, or heroes, told to explain the natural world or the customs and beliefs of a society.


(Bible) an agreement between God and his people in which God makes certain promises and requires certain behavior from them in return


a liturgical prayer (considered to be the essence of Jewish religion) that is recited at least twice daily by adult Jewish males to declare their faith


the dispersion of the Jews outside Israel


The Hebrew word for the Holocaust

Rosh Hashanah

Jewish New Year

Yom Kippur

Jewish Day of Atonement- fasting and reflecting on one's sins


(Old Testament) the son of Abraham who was cast out after the birth of Isaac


the son of the Abraham and Sarah; he married Rebakah.


(Old Testament) the eldest son of Isaac who would have inherited the Covenant that God made with Abraham and that Abraham passed on to Isaac


(Old Testament) son of Isaac


an ancient kingdom of southern Palestine with Jerusalem as its center


Hebrew for Jesus


Monastic Jews who were living communally, apart from the world, about the time of Jesus


sect of Jews in Judea consisting of priests and wealthy business people; conservatives


sect of Jews from Judea consisting of citizens of all classes; liberal and sought to study the applications of Torah to everyday life

Kingdom of God

the domain over which God is spiritually sovereign


Stories rooted in daily life that use symbolism or allegory as a teaching tool and that usually have a surprise ending.

The Beatitudes

teachings of Jesus that describe the way to live as his disciples

The Gospel Message

good news; jesus is the way, the truth and the life for us


a follower of a person or belief


one who is sent

John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.


God bearer

Nicene Creed

the most widely-accepted statement of Christian faith, the Nicene Creed was first adopted at the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325.


heresy that taught the material world was evil and that Christ, who was not truly God but a lesser divine being, came to impart secret knowledge for our salvation


a Greek word for a duly summoned assembly; also means Church

St. Dominic

He founded the Dominicans who were dedicated to combating heresies

John Wesley

Founded the Methodist church

John Calvin

Religious reformer who believed in predestination


Union of all Christian religions and eventually unity of all peoples of the world.

5 Covenant Stages

1. Couple
2. Family
3. Tribe
4. Nation
5. World

6 Religious Questions

1. What does it mean to be human?
2. How is salvation achieved?
3. What is human destiny?
4. How do humans know right and wrong?
5. What is the nature of the universe?
6. What is the ultimate reality or god?

8 Steps of a Savior

1. Miraculous Birth
2. Identification with suffering of others
3. Rejects old life or is rejected
4. Exile
5. Enlightenment
6. Return with new message
7. Persecution/Martyrdom
8. Leader of a new way

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