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news : by Greg - February 18th 2008, 08:15AM
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So I was talking to Kim the other day and she mentions that what would be really nice is a non biased listing of all major religions and what they stand for and believe.

Most people affiliate with a particular church because it's how they grew up, i.e. that's where mom and dad choose to take you. But a much better way to choose would be to see the different denominations and choose one that most closely fits your personal faith.

At this point I mentioned that there's probably a website out there to facilitate that, but I haven't a clue what it is.

This also brought up the issue of having a stances guide for presidential candidates. There's Vote Smart and some other sites to give out bio stats but nobody lays out a unbiased look at each candidates stance on major issues, or what each candidate considers major issues. A lot of that has to do with candidates not wanting to be painted into a corner or having their stances be oversimplified, but thats not impossible to work around.

It seems like we have hundreds or thousands of data tools to use online if it's in the interest of helping us consume, but finding really useful information in a helpful format on things like religion or politics is a huge pain in the butt. Why can't getting information about denomination choices or presidential choices be as easy as getting facts about video card choices?

If you need me I'll be out defending our system of consumerism, hoo-ah!
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+ Paul K.
  Feb 18, 2008 08:35
  
#1364
I always scope out the voting guide at the Leage of Women Voters website: here.

While it doesn't cover all of the issues (in fact it only covers four or so, and doesn't even touch on the pro-life/pro-choice issue which you'd imagine the LoWV would be most interested in). However, it's quite unbiased and tends to be a good "voting day reference' for people like me that don't really watch the news or the debates but still want to make an informed decision on election day.

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+ Tommy G.
  Feb 18, 2008 11:26
  
#1367
For a brief listing of various religions:
ReligiousTolerance.org

One of the Bible profs here (Tim Baker) wrote a book titled Why So Many Gods? that he says gives a decent rundown of basic tenants of each religion.

I'll keep looking. I think a wiki would make a great base for a site like this. If I can't find one maybe I'll register a good domain and stick up a wiki for this "Pursuit of Faith".
(That'll be my Feaux News sensational headline for this.)

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--- Tommy G.
  Feb 18, 2008 12:42
  
#1368
There's always Wikipedia too:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_religions_and_spiritual_traditions

--- Tommy G.
  Feb 18, 2008 12:46
  
#1369
Here's a chart listing, although not as in-depth as the Wikipedia listing (I doubt anything will be):
http://www.religionfacts.com/big_religion_chart.htm

+ Greg Gober
  Feb 22, 2008 13:40
  
#1378
Anyone know of a listing for Christian denominations. Most of those sites treat all Christian faiths as being the same.

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