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How DIVERSE Are the Religions?

Date: 10/29/2012

Or, to put the question more precisely: how internally diverse are each of the world's religions? Most people understand that the religious landscape is a very diverse place. A plurality of different religions, major and minor, exist in the world, each believing different things. Judaism is different from Hinduism; Christianity is different from Buddhism. Islam is different from Taoism; Wicca ...

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Kick in the Tush Club Tuesday: The Path to Unconditional Happiness (audio)

Date: 09/11/2012

[caption id="attachment_3548" align="alignleft" width="278"] join Kick in the Tush Club - with Janice Taylor, Life and Wellness Coach, Author, Weight Loss Artist[/caption] It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. ~ Agnes Repplier Greetings TUSHKATEERS!!!!   How are you on this fine September day?  Peachy keen?  Right as r ...

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    Quaker Basics

    History: Quakerism originated in mid-17th century England, originally as a break-away branch of Puritanism. George Fox (1624-1691), an English preacher, founded the Society of Friends, whose open structure reflects his aversion to church hierarchy and titles. Fox held that the “Inner Light,” the inspiring presence of God in each person, stands above Scripture and creed. This belief resonates through Quakerism despite a fairly wide variety of practices.

    Main Tenets: Quaker beliefs include the emphasis on plain speech and dress; opposition to slavery and war; and the refusal to swear oaths, which Quakers believe undermine the daily mandate for truth-telling. Many early feminists and abolitionists were Quakers, and a strong social ethic continues to pervade the work of the American Friends Service Committee, which shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947.

    Quakers, who often met persecution for their beliefs, have also been champions of religious freedom. English Quaker William Penn founded Pennsylvania as a "holy experiment," a refuge for Quakers and other religious minorities.

    Organizations: Quaker congregations are called "meetings," which range from structured services led by ministers to open sessions where participants speak when inspired by their own Inner Light. Major Quaker umbrella organizations are the Friends General Conference of Philadelphia and Friends United Meeting, based in Richmond, Ind.

    Membership: According to "Quakers in America," by Thomas D. Hamm, there are about 100,000 Quakers in the U.S. and about 350,000 worldwide. Kenya has the largest Quaker population in the world, with about 130,000 Friends. 

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