World Religions

This passage discusses some major differences among world religions.

Lexile Level: 1130L

Categories: People & Places

Just as there are many different types of people in the world, there are many different types of religions. Religions are spiritual belief systems which guide people's thoughts, values, traditions, and culture. One major distinction between religions is between those that are polytheistic and monotheistic. Polytheistic religions are religions that believe in many gods. Some examples of polytheistic religions include Hinduism, which is practiced largely in India or by Indians around the world. Some major practices of Hinduism include people worshiping with the help of priests in temples dedicated to specific gods. These gods are idols made of different materials including stone and precious metals. Monotheistic religions are religions that only believe in one god. Examples of monotheism include Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam do not promote worship of idols but rather meet in churches, synagogues, and mosques to receive instruction for daily life from spiritual teachers.

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