2013-06-13 / Columns

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By Edward F. Keller, D.D.S.
1732 Golf Drive Bismarck, ND 58503

Religion Origins

The information below is from anAnn Landers column, November 1996. It contains different religion origins.

If you are of the Jewish faith, your religion was founded by Abraham about 4,000 years ago.

If you are Hindu, your religion developed in India around 1500 B.C.

If you are a Buddhist, your religion split from Hinduism,and was founded by Budha, Prince Siddhartha Gautama of India, about 500 B.C.

If you are a Roman Catholic, Jesus Christ began your religion in the year 33.

If you are Islamic, Mohammed started your religion in what is now Saudi Arabia around 600 A.D.

If you are Eastern Orthodox, your sect separated from Roman Catholicism around the year 1000.

If you are Lutheran your religion was began by Martin Luther, an ex-monk in the Catholic Church in 1517.

If you belong to the Church of England (Anglican) your religion was founded by King Henry the VIII in the year 1534 because the pope refused to grant a divorce with the right to re-marry.

If you are a Presbyterian, your religion was founded when John Knox brought the teachings of John Calvin to Scotland in the year 1560. If you are a Unitarian,your religious group developed in Europe in the 1500s.

If you are a Congregationalist, your religion branched off from Puritanism in the early 1600s in England.

If you are a Baptist, you owe the tenets of religion to John Smyth, who launched it in Amsterdam in 1606.

If you are a Methodist, your religion was founded by John and Charles Wesley in England in 1774.

If you are an Episcopalian, your religion was brought over from England to the American colonies and formed a separate religion founded by Samuel Seabury in 1789.

If you are a Mormon (Latter-day Saints) Joseph Smith started your church in Palmyra, N.Y. NOT Salt Lake City which would have been my guess. The year was 1830.

If you worship with the Salvation Army your sect began with William Booth in London in 1865.

If you are a Christian Scientist, you look to 1879 as the year your religion was started by Mary Baker Eddy.

If you are a Jehovah’s Witness, your religion was founded by Charles Taze Russell in Pennsylvania in the 1870s.

If you are a Pentecostal, your religion originated in the United States in 1901.

If you are an agnostic, you profess an uncertainty about the existence of God or a Higher Being.

If you are an atheist, you do not believe in the existence of Godoranyotherhigherpower. Thank you Ann Landers.

Till next time.

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