Comparing Three Major Religions
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This paper compares and contrasts three major world religions, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism, so that their similarities and differences of religions can be better understood. The paper gives an overview of each of the religions, beginning with Christianity. Here, it describes who Jesus was and his teachings. Additionally, it presents the major theological concepts of Christianity, such as there being one God. Then, the paper describes Islam, comparing it to Christianity as a monotheistic religion and also having a "prophet" in this case being Mohammed. It also addresses differences between these two religions, in fact pointing out criticisms of Islamic theology. Finally, the paper examines Buddhism, which some consider a philosophy rather than a religion. It's major tenets are discussed and again, compared and contrasted to the previous two. In fact, Buddhism is seen as very different from Islam and Christianity, particularly since it does not have the concepts of salvation, sin, heaven and hell. The paper concludes by noting that despite the differences in the three religions, and the conflicts caused as a result, they do share important similarities.
From the Paper:"Christianity is a religion associated with the teachings of Jesus, a Jewish preacher who was executed by the Romans and whose followers believe he has risen from the dead. Followers of Christianity believe that Jesus is both the Son of God and God himself, as a member of the trinity (Robinson, 2008, para. 2). Jesus' birth, death, and resurrection are all extremely important to the Christian religion, as they are the foundation for Christians' belief in the authority and teachings of Jesus, which form the basis of their morality. After Jesus' death, his disciples formed the early church, although varying amounts of Christianity emerged at this point (Robinson, 2008, para. 2). Although first persecuted by Romans, Christians won a major victory when Christianity was made the official religion of the Roman Empire. This Roman adaptation, however, would lead to one of the most historic events in Christendom--the split between the Protestant and Catholic churches. Today, the Roman Catholic Church makes up one sub-group of Christianity while many denominations make up the other sub-group, the Protestant group."
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