12A – Religions of the World

  1. In General

    Though of many cultures, languages and religions, all people form one human family and have a common origin in God.

    Vatican II Statement on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions.

    Many paths to the one goal, a comparative analysis of the major world religons from a Christian perspective.

    Adherents.com references published statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, etc

    Links to a variety of denominations of various world religious groups Web Sites.

    BBC Guide to the Religions of the World – Introducing Christianity – basic Christianity

    An overview of the beliefs and practices of major religions including important people, organisation and sacred texts.

  2. Buddhism

    Buddhism, is the fourth largest religion in the world.

    The essential ideas of Buddhism including the “Noble Truth”, the “Eightfold Path”, the “Characters of Existence” and the “Hindrances”.

    An excellent summary of Buddhism which includes its history, beliefs, holy days, worship, customs and sub-divisions.

    Introducing Buddhism – basic Buddhism, schools of Buddhism, its texts, and its beginnings.

    This interactive wheel of life allows exploration of the basic teachings of Buddhism – the existence of suffering, its origin and cause, the ending and prevention of misery and the path to liberation.

  3. Confuciusm

    Confucianism is an Eastern religion/philosophy founded by Confucius.

    history, summary of beliefs, practices and sacred texts of Confucianism.

    An information rich Catholic perspective on Confucianism.

  4. Islam

    Islam is the second largest and the fastest growing world religion.

    As well as a beginner’s guide and a virtual pilgrimage to Mecca, the BBC provides a comprehensive view of a Mosque, the history, beliefs, worship, holy days, customs, features of Islam.

    A video tour of a contempoary mosque with explanations.

    Islam, a brief overview

    Islam – Empire of Faith Based on an American tv programme. Presents good summaries of Islamic belief and practice as well as its contributions to culture and science.

    The fundamentals of Islam and other aspects which make this religion a universal way of life looks at the Articles of Faith and states what is not Islam.

    The Islam Page is a very comprehensive site covering most aspects of Islam.

    Hajj Introduction for People of Other Faith.  This provides a good summary with follow up questions.

    Inside a Mosque – This site has been prepared by Primary school students in an attempt to understand the significance of a Muslim mosque and to achieve familiarisation with the rituals that occur within that building.

    Summary of key Islamic beliefs and practices including facts and figures.

    What muslims believe about Mary – a short video.

  5. Judaism

    Judasim, which expresses faith in one God, is the religion of the Jewish people.

    The bare essentials of Judaism with additional material covering its history, beliefs, worship, holy days and customs.

    Take a video tour of a synagogue and find out about the rites and rituals of Jewish worship.

    The concept Kosher means “proper” in terms of Judaism’s dietary laws. Learn about Kosher and specifically what is Kosher.

    Reform Judaism is the oldest and largest Jewish movement in North America. The word “Reform” in the name of our Movement is a recognition that reform is part of our way of life, as it has been for Jews throughout the centuries.

    An extensive glossary of terms related to Judaism, but also used in Islam and Christianity.

    description of Judaism.

    Christian apology for the Crusades to the Jews.

    Dabru Emet: a Jewish statement about Christianity.

    This site contains simple explanations of Jewish customs and practices. There are many links to other sites including a virtual tour of a synagogue. Suitable for teacher background.

    The Jewish Calendar.

  6. Hinduism

    Hinduism is the word’s third most popular religion.

    This overview considers, the history, beliefs, worship, customs, holy days and gives an overview of Hinduism.

    The Hindu Universe – an exploration of Hinduism, from the latest news, a glossary, frequently asked questions and visiting 300 temples.

    Points of similarity between Jesus and Krishna.

    Hinduism for Schools – This site contains simple explanations of many aspects of Hinduism. Contains excellent glossary and list of Hindu festivals.

    Elements of Hindu Devotion -presents an intimate portrait of the household and community rituals and festivals that are the mainstays of Hindu life.

  7. Sikhism

    Sikhism is the youngest of the great world faiths.

    Sikhism – There are 20 million Sikhs in the world, most living in India. A history, overview, and outline of Sikh customs and holy days.

    The virtual home of Sikhism, its origin, development, sacred texts, philosophy and way of life.

    The Sikh calendar.

  8. Christianity

    Christians follow the teachings of Jesus Christ whom we believe is both fully God and fully human.

    This is an excellent well presented summary of the features of Christianity  It includes History, Beliefs, Worship, Holy Days and Customs.

    This site looks at the way different Christian denominations celebrate various rites of passage e.g birth, marriage and death.

  9. Support Resources for Achievement Standards

    If you are working toward  Achievement Standard assessment these resources may be useful support material.


    Remember that these are resources that fit the generic title of the standard.  You should read the actual standard in question and the task set by your school. Discuss your proposed response with your teacher.


    If you are required to describe and provide reasons for the significance of a key belief within two religious traditions, the following may be of help:


    FaithCentral would love to know about sites that you have found useful in your preparation for assessment to any achievement standard. We are also keen to know what you would find helpful to have on FaithCentral. Please share your resources and views with us via ncrs@tci.ac.nz. Remember we are not miracle workers and will not be able to help the night before the task is due in.

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