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Hinduism can be seen in many forms. Worshipped as a religion, it has some 40,000 gods, headed by Brahma. Yet intellectually, these gods are simply symbolic aspects of nature and behaviour.
From about 600BC there was a reaction against Hinduism. This came with Buddha, a rich prince who walked out on his riches upon understanding suffering. For years he wandered, finally gaining enlightenment.
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Taoism is an advancement on the tribal and animist. Instituted by the mythical sage Lao Tzu in the 6th century BC – writer of the ‘Tao Te Ching’ – the practice concerns the ‘tao’, or the ‘way’.
At some point in the 1st or 2nd millennium BC an idea began that the pagan gods were chaotic and led to a chaotic society. Better, it was assumed, to have One God. This radical new thought changed history forever.
To many the Messiah was Jesus, born to a Virgin, and after a three year mission was crucified. He was then Resurrected, his Twelve Disciples and St Paul taking the message of his Resurrection to the known, Gentile world.
Islam is the faith of the Muslim as revealed through their prophet, Muhammad. The same God as Jews and Christians, He is Allah, Muhammad being seen as the seal of the prophets, the final messenger of God.
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