This Common Era lap number 2,019 around our sun, I seek to confirm in action what I’ve been amassing over several years into a personal collage of religious beliefs. I identify my beliefs as religious because their aim is to traverse the moral bounds of a “correct” life to enable proximity to God.
If I’ve learned anything from scripture is that to make, first you must say. So, I made a list. Assembled below by alphabetical order is my single favorite teaching from ten of the world’s most followed religions. Over the course of the coming weeks, I will expound on each.
- Buddhism – Acceptance
- Christianity – Unconditional Love
- Confucianism – Respect
- Daoism – Longevity
- Hinduism – Religiosity
- Islam – Disciplined Prayer
- Jainism – Tolerance
- Judaism – Academic Faith
- Shintoism – Reverence in Nature
- Voudoun – Desire as Divine