Judaism

By the Numbers Less than 1% of the world population​ 16 million globally (6m US, 6m Israel)​ Three primary sects with several subsects​ Orthodox​ Conservative​ Reform​ Began c. 1800 BC​ Primary Texts: Torah, Tanakh (Hebrew Bible)​ In the beginning … Judaism, Christianity, and Islam trace their origins to Abram as chronicled in the Torah (the first five books of the New Testament).​ Abram…

Christianity

By the Numbers 29% of the world population​ 2.2 billion followers globally ​ Largest sect: Roman Catholicism (1.2 billion)​ 20,000+ sects​ Began c. 30 AD​ Primary Text: The Holy Bible Timeline c. 1 AD Annunciation​ c. 1 AD Birth of Christ​ c. 30 AD Death and Resurrection of Christ​ The Annunciation (c. 1 AD)​ Through the angel…

The Protestant Reformation

First a Break, Then Splinters Martin Luther A Dominican friar was in Germany raising money for the rebuilding of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. His “fundraiser” was the offering indulgences in exchange for alms (a bad idea). Martin Luther, an Augustinian priest and later the author of On the Jews and Their Lies (1543), responded…

Reflecting on ‘Fides et Ratio’

“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth.”