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I filled it in as much as I could with what I would consider common knowledge. On a few of them I'm not sure where to put certain things (for example, Mormonism is more or less a de novo variant of Christianity with no direct relationship except in the basics of theology to any other church, and I'm not sure if Unitarians consider themselves Christian or not, or which branch of Islam gave birth to Ba'haiism). Anyone want to help? EVDebs 21:58, 16 July 2007 (CDT)
- Unitarianism certainly started as a branch of Christianity, and there are still people who would describe themselves as "Unitarian Christians", and most American Unitarian congregations' primary worship(?) services would seem more or less familiar to a mainstream Protestant (invocation, hymn singing, chorus, a statement/response, a sermon), some things will be conspicously missing; there's likely not to be a cross anywhere in the sanctuary; the prayers, if there are any (the congregation I grew up in only had prayers when we had visiting ministers) won't specify who or what is being prayed to; the hymns are likely to either be totally unfamiliar or to have somewhat altered words, which don't specify what god, if any, they're about. The UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association, the primary Unitarian group in the US) doesn't consider itself a Christian organization: "Unitarian Universalists can be Christian, Humanist, Pagan, Buddhist, Jewish, atheist, and more". Many congregations have groups for some or all of those subsets which will have their own study gropus, social functions, and worship services as appropriate.
- All that said, there are other Unitarian organizations, such as the American Unitarian Conference, which are explicitely Christian.
- I don't know what the situation is outside the US, and I'm not sure how much of the de-Christianization in the US was caused by the Unitarian/Universalist merger, and how much the merger was an effect.
- So, lots of words for "it's complicated and there's no good single answer". --jtltalk 22:32, 16 July 2007 (CDT)
The Samaritan religion didn't develop out of Second Temple Judaism, it was a competitor. They had a temple at Mount Gerizim which they claimed to be the location of the original Temple. Sumskilz (talk) 05:07, 13 April 2013 (UTC)
- Why are Mandaens under Christianity when they don't revere Christ? Also why isn't Islam under Christianity when they do (they just aren't Nicene Christians, but since the Council of Nicaea was called by the head of Pagan Roman religion (aka, the Emperor); that hardly seems important)? — Unsigned, by: 220.127.116.11 / talk / contribs
" five major faiths of the world (the others being Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism)." is not correct, see http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html for example. Judaism is #12 on the list, and #7 at best if the more generic groupings above are removed. human 17:31, 27 December 2007 (EST)
Should we add Sikhs or Druze to this list?
- I dunno0, but I finally fixed the error I pointed out above. Thanks for bumping the page! human 12:23, 8 April 2008 (EDT)
But would Mandaeans, who follow John the Baptist and revere many of the ancestral characters from the Torah (like Adam, Seth, Enoch, and Noah) be considered Abrahamic, if they also specifically think that Abraham was a false prophet? Researcher 20:21, 1 October 2008 (EDT)
- since Abrahamic is just a convenient term for predominantly academics to say "these people all use the same concept of the Torah" as one primary foundation, and see god as mostly the same - yeah, they would be. Kinda like David Careshians are Christian - even though they think Caresh is Christ.--En attendant Godot"«Oh, my Lolita, I have only words to play with! V.Nabokov» 20:44, 1 October 2008 (EDT)
- Sounds good to me. Added it in. Researcher 21:02, 1 October 2008 (EDT)