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World Religion Notes
BUDDHISM
362 million
CHRISTIANITY
2 billion
HINDUISM
820 million
ISLAM
1.2 billion
JUDAISM
14.5 million
CONFUCIANISM
6.3 million
Buddha- Not a God
God
3 Main Gods: Brahma,
Vishnu & Shiva
God (Allah)
God (Yahweh)
Confucius- Not a God
Founder
The Buddha
Jesus Christ
No one founder
Muhammad
Abraham
Confucius
Holy Book
No One Book- Sacred
Texts including the
Dhammapada
Bible
Non One book- Sacred
texts including Vedas
and Puranas
Qur’an
Hebrew Bible,
including the Torah
The Analects, the Five
Classics
Basic Beliefs
Nirvana: People
achieve complete
peace and happiness
by eliminating worldly
attachments
There is only 1 God.
The Soul never dies,
but is continually
reborn
Persons achieve
salvation by following
the 5 pillars of Islam
There is only 1 God
Persons achieve
happiness and
enlightenment after
they free themselves
from earthly desires.
-belief in 1 god
-prayer 3 times a day
-charity to
poor/elderly
-fasting during
Ramadan
-pilgrimage to Mecca
once in lifetime
5 family relationships
that guide life &
government
-Leader & people
-Husband & Wife
-Parent & Child
-Older Brother &
Younger Brother
-Friend & Friend
FOLLOWERS
(World Wide)
Name of Deity
(Higher Being)
Nirvana is reached by
following the Eight
Fold Path
Right Views
Right Resolve
Right Speech
Right Conduct
Right livelihood
Right Effort
Right Mindfulness
Right Concentration
Jesus Christ is the son
of God. His death and
resurrection made life
possible for others.
God loves & protects
people but also holds
them accountable for
their actions/sins
People serve God by
studying the Torah
and living by it’s
teachings
Respects for parents
and elders
Education important
for individual & society