The Wheel of the Year. The Wheel of the Year is an organisation of the central beliefs of Wicca.
Submitted by QICadmin on Thu, It is difficult to write a description of Friends beliefs that would be acceptable to all the Quakers in the world today. Quakers all share common roots in a Christian movement that arose in England in the middle of the 17th Century.
Today, it is generally true that Friends still adhere to certain essential principles: Nonetheless, modern Friends exhibit significant variations in the ways we interpret our traditions and practice our beliefs.
Nowhere are these differences more marked than in the United States which contains four distinct branches of Friends. In worship, some Friends still practice unprogrammed "silent" meetings where the entire meeting for worship is held in expectant waiting on God, while other Quakers now have programmed services led by a pastor, similar to many Protestant denominations.
In belief, some Friends place most emphasis on the authority of Christian Scripture, while others give greater emphasis to the authority of the immediate guidance of the Spirit.
Religious Belief China is a country with a great diversity of religions, with over million followers of the various faiths. The main religions are Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, China’s. Taoist Beliefs The ancient Chinese religion of Taoism is not entirely distinct from Confucianism or Chinese folk religion, for all Chinese religion and philosophy operate within the same ancient worldview. Hinduism, as a religion, is difficult to define, since there is no one body of belief common to all practitioners; there is no central authority, founder, or universal moral code. Rather, Hindusim over the millenia has absorbed many spiritual traditions, and its practice varies widely among believers.
This dynamic tension has allowed for a wide range of religious perspectives. For more information, see branches. Worldwide, the vast majority of Friends confess an orthodox Christian faith. Friends' emphasis has always been on the role of the immediate guidance of the Holy Spirit, however, most Friends believe that the Spirit is unchanging and will not contradict itself.
On this basis, the Christian Scriptures and tradition are highly esteemed as testimony to God's relationship with our spiritual ancestors.
Crucially, because most Friends consider the Scriptures to be inspired by God, the Bible is helpful in weighing whether new inward guidance comes from the Spirit of God or from another source.
However, for some Friends especially the Liberal-unprogrammed branch it is not important that we have similar beliefs. These Friends would say that is not one's beliefs that make one a Quaker. Rather, it is participation in Friends community, the deep search for divine guidance, and the attempt to live faithfully in harmony with that guidance that make a person a Quaker.
All Friends can agree that outward statements of belief are an insufficient basis for a life of faith. Friends aim at an inward knowledge of the Spirit - both individually and in our Meetings. The core of our faith is our living relationship with and obedience to God, not merely the rote recitation of creeds or performance of rituals.
The lack of a creed or clear description of Quaker beliefs has sometimes led to the misconception that Friends do not have beliefs or that one can believe anything and be a Friend.
Most Quakers take the absence of a creed as an invitation and encouragement to exercise an extra measure of personal responsibility for the understanding and articulation of Quaker faith.
Rather than rely on priests or professional theologians, each believer is encouraged to take seriously the personal disciplines associated with spiritual growth. Out of lives of reflection, prayer, faithfulness, and service flow the statements of belief, both in word and in deed.
Published by Friends World Committee for Consultation, this document gives an overview of Quakerism that attempts to cover all branches of Friends. The perspective is British Liberal-unprogrammed.
A Religion Meaningful for Today's World. You Are Welcome Among Friends. From Friends United Meeting an organization which affiliates pastoral and unprogrammed Friends in Christ-centered outreach.
The Christian Faith of Friends. From Friends United Meeting see above. The Richmond Declaration of Faith. An document that has continued to be of significance to many Friends of the pastoral, Scripture-based tradition.
From Ohio Yearly Meeting Conservative. Material from Friends World Committee adapted by a liberal Friends meeting. There are many other helpful links at this meeting's website.The central idea of Judaism involves a commitment by the Jewish people to a single, omnipotent, incorporeal God, who is the creator and ruler of the universe and the source of a moral law for humanity.
Culture consists of the beliefs, behaviors, objects, and other characteristics common to the members of a particular group or society. Through culture, people and groups define themselves, conform to society's shared values, and contribute to society.
Thus, culture includes many societal aspects: language, customs, values, norms, mores, rules, tools, technologies, products, organizations, and.
Taoist Beliefs The ancient Chinese religion of Taoism is not entirely distinct from Confucianism or Chinese folk religion, for all Chinese religion and philosophy operate within the same ancient worldview.
The Tao-te Ching (or Dao De Jing) is the most significant text and is the heart of religious and philosophical Taoism. This text is credited to Lao Tzu, more commonly known as Master Lao. It was written in 5th century BCE and is 5, Chinese characters long.
Taoism does not have a God like other religions such as Christianity, but there are gods, mostly borrowed from other cultures. Instead of believing in the God or a god, Taoists believe that the universe springs from the Tao, which guides their life.
The gods that Taoism does have are from the universe and are subject to the Tao as well. When Buddhism entered China, Confucianism and Taoism, the indigenous thoughts of China were the predominant religions in a country.
In the early phases of its entry, Buddhism .