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October 2012 Archives

Samhain/Beltane 2012

posted by Reed Hall

At sunset today (October 31, 2012), a significant holiday on the religious calendars of Wiccans and other Neopagans will begin. However, which particular Wiccan holiday it happens to be will vary, depending upon which particular hemisphere of the world — […]

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How DIVERSE Are the Religions?

posted by Reed Hall

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, […]

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Eid al-Adha 2012

posted by Reed Hall

With the end of the annual Hajj period fast approaching, Muslims today (as I write, Friday, October 26) are celebrating the first day of a major multi-day Islamic holiday. The conclusion of the Hajj, or pilgrimage at Mecca, is marked […]

Hajj 2012

posted by Reed Hall

Today (as I write, Wednesday, October 24), millions of Muslims from all over the world are arriving in the holy city of Mecca, in Saudi Arabia. They are converging upon this holiest of Islamic holy cities on the eve of […]

How OLD Are the Religions?

posted by Reed Hall

In a previous series of blog entries, I addressed a common basic question: How MANY religions are there? In my immediately preceding blog entries, I addressed a followup question: How BIG are the religions? In this blog entry, I’d like […]

How BIG Are the Religions? (Part Two)

posted by Reed Hall

In my previous blog entry (Part One of this series), I remarked that if I were from Mars, and knew absolutely nothing about Earth’s religions, then in order to begin to familiarize myself with the spiritual “lay of the land,” […]

How BIG Are the Religions? (Part One)

posted by Reed Hall

The overarching purpose of this entire “Religion 101″ blog of mine is primarily to introduce newcomers to the study of religion, as well as newbies just starting out on a personal spiritual search, to the wider world of global religion […]

Navratri 2012

posted by Reed Hall

As I write, Hindus in India and beyond are preparing for the beginning of Navratri (or Navaratri, Sanskrit for “Nine Nights”), a major Hindu harvest-time religious festival. As its name implies, Navratri is a celebration running nine nights in a […]

How MANY Religions Are There? (Part Five: The Hard Numbers)

posted by Reed Hall

In my last blog entry, I continued to ask (or perhaps dance around) the simple question: How many religions are there in the world? Now, at last, I shall meet the question head on. Never mind about all of the […]

How MANY Religions Are There? (Part Four: “Religions” vs. Denominations, Sects, etc.)

posted by Reed Hall

In my last several blog entries, I have been asking (or perhaps dancing around) the simple question: How many religions are there in the world? Never mind about all of the myriad bygone religions of the remote past. We touched […]

How MANY Religions Are There? (Part Three: “Religion” vs. “Way of Life”?)

posted by Reed Hall

In my previous blog entry, I again asked the seemingly simple question: How many religions are there in the world, today? (Popular objections that Christianity somehow doesn’t count because “it’s a relationship, not a ‘religion’” notwithstanding, it does count. It’s […]

How MANY Religions Are There? (Part Two: When Is A Religion “Not A Religion”?)

posted by Reed Hall

In my previous blog entry, I asked the seemingly simple question: How many religions are there in the world, today? (Never mind about all the myriad bygone religions of the remote past. And never mind how many people think exclusively […]

How MANY Religions Are There? (Part One: “Myth” vs. “Religion”)

posted by Reed Hall

It seems a simple enough question. How many religions are there, in the world? Let’s immediately narrow things down a bit further, just by additionally refining that question slightly: How many religions are there in the world, today? That last […]

Sukkot 2012

posted by Reed Hall

Today (October 1, 2012), Jews worldwide are observing the first day of a joyous, seven-day-long holiday (a holy week, actually, rather than a literal “holy day”) known as Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles (or the Festival of Booths). For the first two […]

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On Teaching About Judaism (Part Six)
Specifically Christian newcomers to the study of Judaism frequently puzzle over  why -- as they themselves often put it -- Jews "don't believe in Jesus." The reality is simply that the entire Jewish concept of who and what a Messiah actually is (or does) is just nothing like what Christians them

posted 4:45:00pm Jun. 29, 2013 | read full post »

On Teaching About Judaism (Part Five)
Aside from the several other frequent areas of confusion which sometimes puzzle newcomers to the study of Judaism (areas which I've been discussing in my last several blog entries), there is yet another hazy area that is often uniquely puzzling to specifically Christian newcomers: why, as they thems

posted 10:01:32pm Jun. 27, 2013 | read full post »

On Teaching About Judaism (Part Four)
As discussed in previous blog entries, a fairly sizable percentage of the American public seems to know surprisingly little about many of the basics of Judaism. In my own world religions courses, some students begin the semester with no real knowledge of the Jewish faith, and may even harbor some fa

posted 9:16:07pm Jun. 25, 2013 | read full post »

On Teaching About Judaism (Part Three)
As discussed in previous blog entries, a fairly sizable percentage of the American public seems to know surprisingly little about the basics of Judaism. In my own world religions courses, some students begin the semester with no real knowledge of the Jewish faith, and may even harbor some fairly com

posted 6:27:16pm Jun. 22, 2013 | read full post »

Midsummer (Litha)/Yule 2013
Tomorrow (Friday, June 21, 2013) is the date of the summer solstice within the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, by contrast, tomorrow will be the date of the winter solstice. Solstices have long been observed as important seasonal festivals in many traditional cultures. Accordingl

posted 5:05:38pm Jun. 20, 2013 | read full post »

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