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Churches and Religions

The most conservative branch of the Mennonites (Anabaptists), noted for their honesty, charity and refusal to use modern machinery; of Swiss and German origin, almost half live in the USA Click to show or hide the answer
Pacifist sect that emerged in 1525 from the dissidence of some of Zwingli's disciples Click to show or hide the answer
The belief that natural objects (animals, plants as well as inanimate objects including geographical features) have spirits that need to be respected and appeased Click to show or hide the answer
General interest magazine of the Jehovah's Witnesses (complementary to The Watchtower) – first issued in 1946 Click to show or hide the answer
Term used by Rastafarians for the material Western world Click to show or hide the answer
The newest of the Semitic faiths: founded 1843 in Shiraz, Persia; accepts the prophets of Judaism, Christianity and Islam Click to show or hide the answer
Seventh Day Adventist sect, formed 1955 and based in Waco, Texas; most of its followers, then led by David Koresh, were killed in an FBI assault in 1993 Click to show or hide the answer
Siddharta Gautama (563 – 484 BC) Click to show or hide the answer
The Tripitaka are the sacred writings of Click to show or hide the answer
A stupa or chorten is a structure housing relics, in
The 8–fold way is a feature of
Founded by Dr. John Thomas, who emigrated from England to the USA in 1832; originally known as the Royal Association of Believers, the current name (which comes from the Greek for 'Brothers in Christ') was adopted during the American Civil War to allow adherents to avoid military service on opposing sides Click to show or hide the answer
Founded in 1866 by Mary Baker Eddy, with the aim of combining primitive Christianity with spiritual or religious healing; its "textbook" is Science and Health (with Key to the Scriptures) Click to show or hide the answer
Egypt's principal Christian church (Alexandria) – to which about 10% of the population belong Click to show or hide the answer
Chinese spiritual practice, founded in 1992 by Li Hongzhi: name has been translated (by Britannica) as "Discipline of the Dharma Wheel"; persecuted by the Communist authorities since 1999 Click to show or hide the answer
38 members committed suicide in 1997, believing that Comet Hale Bopp would take them to another world Click to show or hide the answer
Main religion of India (80%) and Bali Click to show or hide the answer
Divali, or the Festival of Lights, is a major festival in Click to show or hide the answer
Hare Krishna is a mantra (and a sect that took its name from the mantra) of Click to show or hide the answer
Name given to French Calvinists (members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France) in the 16th and 17th centuries Click to show or hide the answer
Founded 1881 by Charles Taze Russell, as Zion's Watch Tower Tract Society; became known as the Bible Students; adherents meet in Kingdom Halls Click to show or hide the answer
Board of Deputies is the UK governing body of Click to show or hide the answer
Orthodox, Reform and Liberalism are the three main strands of Click to show or hide the answer
School of thought that originated in Judaism, around 1200, in France and Spain: a New York centre was established in 1965 by Philip Berg, who set out to teach the secrets of the Torah (previously known only to elite rabbinical scholars), and was followed by others in Los Angeles, London and Toronto; adherents include Madonna, Donna Karan, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore Click to show or hide the answer
Principal church of all the Scandinavian countries Click to show or hide the answer
Name adopted by most Anabaptists in the 16th century (after Menno Simons) Click to show or hide the answer
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: better known as Click to show or hide the answer
Druids' sacred tree Click to show or hide the answer
Indian followers of Zoroaster: Zoroastrians or Click to show or hide the answer
Cult led by Jim Jones – 913 members committed suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, 1978 Click to show or hide the answer
Society of Friends: better known as Click to show or hide the answer
Followers believe that Haile Selassie was the Messiah Click to show or hide the answer
Mass suicide or murder in Uganda, 2000 Click to show or hide the answer
Judaism, Christianity, Islam: collectively (Semetic appears to be an error) Click to show or hide the answer
Now known officially as the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing; adherents invented the circular saw, washing machine and clothes pin (among many other things) Click to show or hide the answer
Japanese system of beliefs: involves devotion to invisible spiritual beings and powers (kami), shrines, and various rituals; sometimes described as a school of Buddhism; encouraged by the state from 1868, but disestablished after World War II when the Emperor Hirohito renounced the idea that he was a deity in human form Click to show or hide the answer
The Guru Granth Sahib (the "first rendition" of which is known as the Adi Granth) is the holy book of Click to show or hide the answer
Members committed suicide in Switzerland, France and Quebec, 1994 and 1997; followers included Princess Grace Click to show or hide the answer
Chinese religion, dating from the 6th century BC: Yin & Yang are symbols of harmony in Click to show or hide the answer
Lamaism: religion associated with Click to show or hide the answer
Founded in Seoul, 1954, by Sun Myung Moon; popularly known as the Moonies Click to show or hide the answer
Traditional, polytheistic religion of coastal West Africa – Benin, Togo, Nigeria, Ghana; perpetuated among the African Diaspora, particularly in Haiti, in a form syncretised (reconciled) with Catholic Christianity Click to show or hide the answer
Newspaper of the Salvation Army Click to show or hide the answer
Religious magazine of the Jehovah's Witnesses – launched 1879 (cf. Awake!) Click to show or hide the answer

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