Partie 1 : À l′échelle du monde

Chapitre 11 : Religions and beliefs

Faith, page 28

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a creed
a believer
a follower
a convert
a pilgrim
a pagan
a secular person
an atheist
a shrine
freedom of worship
religious activism
to abide by
to fast
to sin
to redeem

This is America. And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country and that they will not be treated differently by their government is essential to who we are.

Religions, page 28

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Muslim, Moslem
hallowed, holy
to kneel
to prostrate oneself
to bless
to pledge
to swear
a cathedral
a mosque
a synagogue

In the Koran, Paradise is associated with the Garden of Eden.

Medieval crusades were military expeditions meant to recover the Holy Land.

Henry VIII’s struggles with the Roman Catholic Church led to the separation of the Church of England from papal authority.

The mind is a universe and can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.

Food for thought, page 29

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  1. America was first colonized by Puritans. Most of our earliest immigrants, and many since, have come here in order to practice their religious beliefs as they please. Our culture has always been, and will most likely always be, profoundly influenced by religion.
  2. Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged.
  3. Religion enables us to ignore nothingness and get on with the jobs of life.