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…

Fate and Free Will

Defining the concepts and examining arguments favoring each as the dominant force in human life.

Suggestions for Lenten Prayer, Fasting, and Alms-Giving

This article was originally published on quora.com as an answer to the question “How can I observe Lent this year.” Lent is a time of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving in preparation for the passion and resurrection of Christ. So, when we think of how to observe Lent, we should think of how to best prepare ourselves…

An Easter Sunday Reflection

Published in WERE OUR HEARTS NOT BURNING WITHIN US? Lenten Book of Reflections for the Church of St. Catherine of Siena in Moscow, Pennsylvania.