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Apocalypse

An apocalypse is a revelation: seeing something which has been hidden. It comes from the Greek word, Apokalypsis, which means "lifting of the veil", or finding out something secret. Often this secret is discovered in a dream or a vision. In relig ...

                                               

Apocatastasis

Apocatastasis, which can be translated as universal restoration is a concept that can be found in Ancient Greece. The theological idea was that people did not fully agree with their creator, and moved away; this is called Apostasy. At the end of ...

                                               

Ares

Ares is a god in Greek mythology. He is the god of savage war and bloodlust, and represents the untamed, wild aspects of conflict. He is one of the Twelve Olympians. His parents are Zeus and Hera. He had a twin sister called Eris. Neither parent ...

                                               

Armenian Apostolic Church

The Armenian Apostolic Church, also called the Armenian Orthodox Church or the Gregorian Church, is the worlds oldest national church and one of the most ancient Christian communities.

                                               

Armenian Catholic Church

The Armenian Catholic Church is an Eastern Catholic church sui juris within the Catholic Church. Its headquarters are in Bzoummar, Lebanon. The union was established in the Council of Florence, in 1439. During the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1918, it ...

                                               

Asatru

Asatru is a religion which involves the worship of ancient Germanic spirits and Gods. It got its official legal establishment in the 1970s in Iceland by the efforts of Sveinbjorn Beinteinsson and other Icelanders who had rejected Christianity and ...

                                               

Ascension of Jesus

According to the New Testament, the Ascension of Jesus happened at the end of Jesus life on earth. The Acts of the Apostles says that after Jesus told his apostles to teach the gospel to everyone, he went up to heaven to be with God.The Apostles ...

                                               

Assemblies of God

The Assemblies of God is a United States-based Christian denomination; a large group of Pentecostal churches. There are over 64 million members in over 200 countries.

                                               

Assyrian Church of the East

The Assyrian Church of the East also called Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East is a Christian church. It is one of the earliest churches to separate from the larger Church. It traces its origins to the See of Seleucia-Ctesiphon, ...

                                               

Asteria

In Greek mythology, Asteria was the Titan goddess of falling stars and nocturnal divination, such as astrology. Asteria was apart of the second generation of Titans, the daughter of Koios and Phoebe, and sister of Leto. She is the wife of the Tit ...

                                               

Atlas (mythology)

Atlas is a Titan in Greek mythology. He is the son of Iapetos. He has seven daughters with the Oceanid Pleione. They are called the Pleiades. After the war between the Titans and the Olympians, Atlas was punished. Zeus forced him to hold the heav ...

                                               

Azrael

Azrael is the archangel of death. It is an English form of the Arabic name Azrail or Azraeil, the name traditionally attributed to the angel of death in Islam and some Hebrew lore. The Quran never uses this name, referring instead to Malaikat al- ...

                                               

Babism

Babism is a religion. It was started in Persia in the middle of the 19th century. The founder was Mirza Ali Muhamed Reza ash-Shirazi. He claimed to be a kind of savior for Shia Muslims. He took the title Bab, meaning "gate". Babism was originally ...

                                               

Baphomet

Baphomet is a name of unestablished origin. It first appeared in trial transcripts during the inquisition of the Knights Templar in the early 1300s. Some modern scholars believe the name to have been an Old French corruption and misspelling of th ...

                                               

Barabbas

Barabbas is a person from the Bible who lived around the time of Jesus. He has a bad reputation for being a liar, thief, insurrectionist and zealot. He was released by Pontius Pilate the Roman governor of Judea who presided over Jesus trial. The ...

                                               

Bartholomew the Apostle

Bartholomew the Apostle is one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. He is the patron saint of Armenia, bookbinders, butchers, Florentine cheese and salt merchants, Gambatesa, Italy, leather workers; nervous diseases, plasterers; shoemakers; tanners, ...

                                               

Book of Baruch

The Book of Baruch, sometimes called 1 Baruch, is a deuterocanonical or apocryphal book of the Bible, meaning it is considered part of the Bible by Catholics and members of the Orthodox Church but generally not by Protestants. Even though it is n ...

                                               

2 Baruch

2 Baruch is a text that was written in the late first century, or the early second century CE. It was probably written after the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, in 70 CE, and before the second Roman-Jewish War, 132-135 CE. It is attribute ...

                                               

Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence

The Basilica di Santa Croce is the main Franciscan church in Florence, Italy. It is a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church. It is situated on the Piazza di Santa Croce, about 800 metres south east of the Duomo. When the site was chosen, it ...

                                               

Beauvais Cathedral

Beauvais Cathedral is an unfinished cathedral in Beauvais, in northern France. It was started in the 13th century.

                                               

Benedictine

The word Benedictine usually refers to a follower of the Order of Saint Benedict. These people usually lead a life in an abbey. They follow the rule of Benedict of Nursia. Benedict lived in the 6th century. He made some rules, called the Rule of ...

                                               

Benediction

Benediction is a short prayer for help and blessings from God. They are usually delivered at the end of a worship service. Roman Catholics have many more benedictions, usually with many candles, than Protestants, who only have a few simple benedi ...

                                               

Beta Israel Memorial

Beta Israel Memorial is the central memorial dedicated to the Ethiopian Jews that were murdered on their way to Israel. The name "Beta Israel" is the name of the black Jewish community in Ethiopia. The memorial is located at the National Civil Ce ...

                                               

Bhakti yoga

Bhakti yoga is a Hindu spiritual practice. People constantly pray to, and think about, a form of a Hindu god, usually Vishnu. Bhakti is a Sanskrit term. It signifies an attitude of devotion to God. The relation between man and God is imagined as ...

                                               

Bible study

Bible study is intensive reading of the Bible. For Christians, study of the Bible is often part of daily life. A lot of other people are also interested in this piece of world literature. In Europe before the 16th century it was not possible for ...

                                               

Bible translations

The Bible has been translated into many languages. It was originally written in the languages of Aramaic and Hebrew and Greek. The Latin Vulgate was common in Western Christianity through the Middle Ages. Since then, the Bible has been translated ...

                                               

Biblical canon

The Bible is a collection of texts. These texts are usually called books. There are different versions of the Bible. These differences come from the fact that certain religious communities include those parts they find important and leave out oth ...

                                               

Biblical inerrancy

Biblical inerrancy is the doctrine that the Bible in its original manuscripts, is accurate and totally free from error. "Scripture in the original manuscripts does not affirm anything that is contrary to fact". Some equate inerrancy with infallib ...

                                               

Book of Daniel

The book says that Daniel is its writer in several places, such as 9:2 and 10:2. Jesus warned his disciples about coming events when he talked about the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of through the prophet Daniel". The book was proba ...

                                               

Born again (Christianity)

In Christianity, the words born again, regenerated or transformed are synonymous with spiritual rebirth and sometimes salvation from the Holy Spirit. It means having a "personal" faith in Jesus Christ. The term is most often used by Evangelical, ...

                                               

Brahmin

Brahmin is a part of the caste system in Hinduism. Brahmins are the highest and most respected caste of people. In ancient India people who read the complete Upanishad Brahmanak were called Brahmins. They were teachers, warriors, doctors, scholar ...

                                               

Buddhism in Pakistan

There are no significant Buddhist communities left in Pakistan. A few Buddhists may still exist in Pakistani Kashmir and a significant community exists in Jammu and Kashmir to the east of the Line of Control. Mostly Ladakhi and ethnically related ...

                                               

Cain

In the Old Testament of the Bible, Cain is the son of Adam and Eve: he murdered his brother Abel. Cain was first and thoroughly a devout and faithful man of god, until his weakened mind was manipulated by Satan. or Samael Sammael, Sam-ael dependi ...

                                               

Caliph

In Arabic, caliph means "a successor to the prophet". This is what leaders of the Islamic faith came to be called. Their rule is called a caliphate. Some of the early leaders of the Muslim community following Muhammads 570–632 death called themse ...

                                               

Canon (official)

A Canon in a church is an official. He may or may not be a priest. The Chapter of a cathedral is an official group made up of the Dean and Chapter of canons, who meet in a chapterhouse. They run the cathedral, especially the business affairs of t ...

                                               

Canonization

Canonisation is a statement by a church saying that someone is a saint. This process is used by some Christian churches, most commonly in the Roman Catholic Church. The person must be dead, because living people cannot be canonised. The process o ...

                                               

Caste

The Caste system is a system in India that was once mainly used by Hindus. It started as a job system but later became a social class system that depends on ones ancestry. This system has been generally accepted for about 3000 years. There are fo ...

                                               

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, or CCC, is an official explanation of the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. It was first published in French in 1992 by the authority of Pope John Paul II. The volume, which is a book of over 900 pages, ...

                                               

Cathedral of Quito

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Quito, known simply as la Catedral, is the Catholic cathedral in Quito, Ecuador. Located on the southwest side of the Plaza de la Independencia, it served as a seat of the Diocese of Quito from 1545 until 1848 when i ...

                                               

Chabad-Lubavitch

Chabad-Lubavitch is the name of a sect of Hasidic Jews. It is one of the largest groups of Hasidic Jews in the world. Many of the Lubavitch Hasidim live in the United States or Israel. The Lubavitch world headquarters is in Crown Heights, a neigh ...

                                               

Chaldean Catholic Church

The Chaldean Catholic Church or the Chaldean Church of Babylon is an Eastern particular church of the Catholic Church, maintaining full communion with the Bishop of Rome and the rest of the Catholic Church. The Chaldean Catholic Church presently ...

                                               

Chaldean Rite

The Chaldean Rite, or East Syrian Rite is a rite that is practiced by the Church of the East and its modern descendants, the Assyrian Church of the East, the Ancient Church of the East, the Chaldean Catholic Church, and the Syro-Malabar Catholic ...

                                               

Chief Rabbinate of Israel

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Hebrew: הרבנות הראשית לישראל - Ha-Rabanut Ha-Rashit Li-Yisrael, is the highest rabbinical institution in Israel. It consists of mainly Chief Rabbis of various places in Israel, and is presided by two Chief Rabbis, a ...

                                               

Children of Muhammad

The Children of Prophet Muhammad include three sons and four daughters. All were born to Muhammads first wife Khadija bint Khuwaylid except one son, wo was born to Maria al-Qibtiyya.

                                               

Chinese folk religion

Chinese folk religion or 中國 民間 信仰, zhōng-guo min-jiān xìn-yǎng) is a religion that has been practiced in China, and in areas inhabited by Chinese people. It is difficult to make a clear distinction between Chinese folk religion and other be ...

                                               

Chishti

The Chishtī Order or Chishtiyya is a Sufi order or school within the mystic tradition of Islam. It began in Chisht, a small town near Herat, Afghanistan in about 930 AD. The Order is known for its emphasis on love, tolerance, and openness. The or ...

                                               

Christian art

Christian art is an art form related to Christianity. There are a lot different definitions of it. Christian art is mainly defined by pieces that try to show or express the ideas of Christianity. Most Christian denominations or groups either use ...

                                               

Christian calendar

A Christian calendar can be any calendar used by various Christian Churches for the Church year, called "liturgical year". For example, it can be used to find out what day Easter will be on, even though it is not the same in every Church. The chu ...

                                               

The Christian Community

The Christian Community is a Christian denomination. It was founded in 1922 in Dornach by a group of theologians and pastors, led by the Protestant pastor Friedrich Rittelmeyer. He was helped by Rudolf Steiner, the Austrian philosopher and founde ...

                                               

Christian cross

The Christian cross is the main symbol of the Christian religion. These crosses are usually found on Christian churches. Jesus, who many Christians believe is God the Son and their Messiah, was crucified nailed to a large wooden cross. This was a ...