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Spiritual Awareness Month: Learn More

Rasmussen University supports the celebration of Spiritual Awareness Month from November 15 to December 15.

Major World Religions and Belief Systems


 Agnosticism – the belief that there can be no proof either that God exists or that God does not exist1

Atheism – a disbelief in or denial of the existence of God or gods1

Baha'i – a religious faith based on the teachings of Mirza Husain Ali; emphasizes spiritual unity and world peace2

Buddhism – the teaching of Buddha that life is permeated with suffering caused by desire, that suffering ceases when desire ceases, and that enlightenment obtained through right conduct, wisdom, and meditation releases one from desire suffering, and rebirth1

Christianity – the religion derived from Jesus Christ, based on the Bible as sacred scripture, and professed by Eastern, Roman Catholic, and Protestant bodies3

Hinduism – the dominant religion of India that emphasizes dharma with its resulting ritual and social observances and often mystical contemplation and ascetic practices3

Islam – the religious faith of Muslims including belief in Allah as the sole deity and in Muhammad as his prophet3

Judaism – a religion developed among the ancient Hebrews and characterized by belief in one transcendent God who has revealed himself to Abraham, Moses, and the Hebrew prophets and by a religious life in accordance with the Scriptures and rabbinic traditions3

Unitarianism – a belief that rejects the doctrine of the Trinity, asserts the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of humanity, and gives a pre-eminent position to Jesus as a religious teacher, while denying his divinity4


Definitions taken from sources contained in the Credo Reference collection

1 The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

2 Chambers Dictionary of Eponyms

3 Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary

4 The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide