World Religions


Comparative Religions

Comparative religions were shaped by a Euro-centered culture that formed the basis of what people know about World Religions. Much of this message was lit by missionaries. They came from Europe and travelled around the world. These were the early ambassadors who met the Colonists.

Their basic beliefs became the bedrock of how they interpreted various religious faiths like Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Daoism, Shintoism, and Secular Humanism. These individuals pushed their thoughts about religion on the new cultures. They revived the emphasis on Greek, and Latin that shaped comparative Christianity, which were part of the Protestant Reformation.

Some European theologians became famous like Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Desiderius Erasmus. With the Peace of Westphalia, the world of religion was born. By the 17th century there existed a significant guide. From the 18th to 21st century its scope broadened with India, China, Russia, Artic, and Oceania. In the West, Sanskrit and religious studies became popular along with the Semitic languages. The Age of Enlightenment dawned with notable figures like Charles Darwin, and Sir Isaac Newtown. It was later followed with contemporary thinkers like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Karen Armstrong.

God, you have lit a fire in the heart of comparative religions. Grant that this light continues to burn with an enduring flame.


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