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Common Beginnings. Abrahamic Religions: About

Religion, Abrahamic Religion. Year 7, Term 1

On this page is information on Abraham, God and religion in general.

Look at the tabs above for information, such as Sacred Texts, beliefs, practices on each religion.

In addition to sharing a sacred genealogy (ancestry) that connects all three religions with Abraham, there are other important "family resemblances" that they share. These include:
1) monotheistic beliefs;
2) beliefs in prophets and supramundane beings such as angels and saints;
3) possession of holy books, revealed through prophets, that serve as the basis for doctrine, worship, ethics, and community identity;
4) a linear view of history from creation to Judgment Day, overlapped by cyclical celebrations of weekly and seasonal holy days; 4) claims to possession of a holy land connected with stories about the origins of each of the religions and the performance of pilgrimages (religious journeys); and
5) belief in human mortality, followed by resurrection, judgment, and reward or punishment in the afterlife.
Identifying the family resemblances shared by the three Abrahamic religions does not mean that they are therefore identical, nor that they have remained unchanged in history. Rather, it draws our attention to their relative degrees of similarity and difference and begs further inquiry.
Sourced from  World Religions: Islam

Religion and God

What is the monotheistic view of God?

Monotheistic religions such as JudaismChristianity, and Islam center on the belief in and worship of one, unique God. 

Christians, Jews, and Muslims believe that there is only one God. This is called monotheism, from Greek words for “one” and “God.” Ancient EgyptiansGreeksRomans, and other peoples have held that there are many gods. This belief is called polytheism. Buddhism, as originally founded, asserted there is no God at all.

The basic monotheistic view. Consequently, God is regarded as the one and only Creator, Lord, King, or Father. The conception of a divine Word is also to be found in a large number of religions, in accordance with the widespread belief that creation takes place through the word, or speech, of a god.




People often use the word religion to mean the worship of a god or gods. But some religions do not have gods. One thing that all religions have in common is that they help their followers to find meaning in the world. Many people want to know where the world came from. Many also want to know what happens after death. Most religions offer some sort of answer to these great questions. The major world religions of today are Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Judaism.

Types of Religion 

Throughout history there have been two main types of religion. One type has a single, all-powerful god. JudaismChristianity and Islam are the major religions that say there is one god. Other religions with one god include Sikhism and Bahaʾi.

In the other main type of religion, followers believe in more than one god. The religions of this type include HinduismJainismShintoZoroastrianism, Native American religions and traditional African religions.

Followers of other religions do not focus on worshipping gods. For example, followers of Buddhism search for a higher state of being, which means freedom from suffering. Followers of Daoism focus on acting in a certain way.

Common Beliefs and Rituals

Religions usually have rituals, or special patterns of actions, that followers perform. They often have prayers that followers say and holidays on certain days of the year. Many religions have written works that are considered holy, such as the Bible or the Qurʾan. Many religions also have buildings, such as churches or temples, where followers gather for worship.

Religions set out rules or guidelines for how followers should live. Different religions have different rules. However, many religious rules have to do with treating others well and doing the right thing. Religions also have sets of beliefs that followers accept as true – for example, belief in a god and life after death.

Religions have played a very important role in the history of people all over the world. They have affected almost every part of people’s lives. For example, religions have affected the way governments are set up, how families are formed and the way people teach their children.

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Abrahamic Religions


Common Belief

A 'Golden Rule' shared by many religions

Many world religions share a similar teaching to live by. For example:

  • Christianity: treat others in the way you like to be treated;

  • Buddhism: do good things and good things will happen to you;

  • Hinduism: treat others as you like to be treated;

  • Islam: treat others as you would like to be treated;

  • Judaism: what treatment you hate, don’t do to anyone else;

  • Native American: live in harmony, for we are all related.

  • World Religions : Christianity — kidcyber.

Library Catalogue

Where on the shelves can I find books on:
Judaism 296.
Islam 297 
Christianity 230 and or 270 
The Bible 220

eBooks are also available through Oliver

Infographic Template 2024


You can use the template below to complete your Visual Representation. Make sure to read the 'Notes' section below each slide to guide you as to what you need to include.

You will need to save the template into your own files in order to complete it. Make sure you put your name and class in the file name eg. ATemplate7FVisual and save it into your Term 1 Folder for Religion.

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