Polytheistic religions include Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism, tribal religions in the Americas and Africa and modern neopaganism. With the exception of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, most world religions are characterized by polytheism.Know More
Polytheism is the belief in and worship of multiple deities. These gods and goddesses usually exist as part of a larger group of gods called a pantheon. The gods often serve specific functions and have control over some aspect of reality, and can represent certain facets of natural forces or of humanity. Believers do not have to worship all gods equally. Polytheistic religions are dominant today, and have been so historically as well. Most religions during the Bronze and Iron Age were polytheistic.
There is a distinction between hard and soft polytheism. Hard polytheism is the idea that gods are distinct and real divine beings. They are not personifications of nature nor separate aspects of one supreme god. Soft polytheism follows the belief of Universalism, which holds that all gods are aspects of a supreme god or a greater force. It also allows for the gods to be viewed as representations of natural forces or of the human psyche.
Polytheism is contrasted with monotheism, the belief is a single deity.Learn more about Religion
Throughout the world, there are many religions that do not believe in medicine, including parts of the Old Order Amish faith, parts of the Old Order Mennonites faith and the Christian Scientists. The Christian Scientists, however, are not against all forms of medicine and even list when medical treatment might be necessary on their website, writes NBC News.Full Answer >
India is home to at least nine recognized religions. The major religions practiced in India are Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism. Zoroastrianism, Judaism and the Baha'i Faith are also practiced in India.Full Answer >
The two main religions of Latin America are Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, according to a 2014 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center. About 69 percent of the survey respondents identified as Catholic, which marks a drop in Catholicism, as 84 percent of respondents were raised in the faith.Full Answer >
Baptist churches are typically more evangelical and reformed with no central governing body, whereas the Methodist church was founded greatly on the life and teachings of John and Charles Wesley, Church of England missionaries in the 1700s. Both are denominations of the Christian faith.Full Answer >