Religion and Spiritual Studies

The Catholic Church History

In Acts 1:4-5 of the Bible, it was stated how Jesus appeared to his disciples instructing them: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” The baptism of the Spirit would be called the birthday of the church—Pentecost. As promised, Jesus’ words were fulfilled on the day of the Pentecost. Peter, His apostle, preached his first sermon urging the crowd to repent, to believe in Jesus Christ as their Messiah and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. On that same day, 3,000 people were baptized as the people of God. As such, the church had begun.

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Reading Religion: The Importance of Religious Studies in Schools

Roughly defined, religion is an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods. As a cultural system, religion has played a very strong part in the identities of large social groups. This in turn affects an individual’s personal identity and ideas of morality. With as many as ten thousand distinct religions worldwide and 84% of the world’s population is affiliated with the largest religions (namely Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism) it is imperative that we as a global community strive to learn about different religions in order to understand each other.

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Key Differences between Religion and Spirituality

When we talk about faith, there are two terms that readily come to mind—religion and spirituality. Most of the times, these two terms are mistakenly interchanged or even used as synonymous to each other. Religion and spirituality may be closely associated but they are actually different and distinct from each other.

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