Faith-based Comparison:

God

  *Impersonal Force: Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism, New Age

  *No God: Buddhism, Secularism

  *Personal God: Judaism, Islam, Christianity

Human Nature

  *Divine: Hinduism, New Age

  *Good: Confucianism, Daoism, Islam, Secularism

  *Illusion: Buddhism

  *Neutral: Judaism

  *Image of God but flawed: Christianity

Problem: Where does evil come from?

  *Ignorance: Hinduism, New Age, Confucianism, Daoism, Secularism

  *Desire: Buddhism

  *Disobedience to God’s law: Judaism, Islam, Christianity

Goal:

  *Escape reincarnation, karma: Hinduism, Buddhism

  *Highest human potential: New Age, Secularism

  *Harmony: Confucianism, Daoism

  *Reconciliation with God: Judaism, Islam, Christianity

Means to Salvation:

  *Enlightenment through mystical practices, meditation,

  *Karmic merit: Hinduism, Buddhism, New Age, Daoism

  *Education: Confucianism, Secularism

  *Obedience to law: Judaism, Islam

  *Grace Alone: Christianity

Final State: After Death

 * Merge into the Oneness: Hinduism, Daoism, New Age

 * Cease to exist: Buddhism, Secularism, Reform Judaism

 * Heaven/Hell: Islam, Christianity, Orthodox Judaism

Questions:

1. What patterns do you see?

2. What bridges do you see to people of other faiths?