170 Outcome: World Religions

Explain the basic tenets of major world religions

The major religions of the world (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, Christianity, Taoism, and Judaism) differ in many respects, including how each religion is organized and the belief system each upholds. Other differences include the nature of belief in a higher power, the history of how the world and the religion began, and the use of sacred texts and objects.

What you’ll learn to do:

  • Explain the differences between various types of religious organizations and understand classifications of religion: animism, polytheism, monotheism, atheism
  • Describe the basic tenets of Hinduism
  • Describe the basic tenets of Buddhism
  • Describe the basic tenets of Confucianism
  • Describe the basic tenets of Taoism
  • Describe the basic tenets of Judaism
  • Describe the basic tenets of Islam
  • Describe the basic tenets of Christianity


The learning activities for this section include:

  • Reading: Types of Religion
  • Reading: Hinduism
  • Reading: Buddhism
  • Reading: Confucianism
  • Reading: Taoism
  • Reading: Judaism
  • Reading: Islam
  • Reading: Christianity
  • Self-Check: World Religions


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