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Finding out about Faith: Faith and Religion


What is faith?

Faith is often associated with religion or being religious. However, there is no definition allows for identification of “faith” with “religion.” Faith is the complete confidence or trust in someone or something. Non-religious people are a diverse mix of people, with a wide variety of beliefs, values and ways of looking at the world. Some non-religious people also believe in god or gods, while wishing not to follow any religion. Others may have faith in science, moral ethics or values of compassion instead. 

Non-religious people may join groups and communities which bring like-minded people together, such as Humanism. Humanists believe that there is probably no God. They believe in living life for the here and now using reason and showing compassion for others. Many non-religious people who do not identify as Humanist may also share these views.

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What is religion?

A religion is a set of beliefs that is passionately held by a group of people that is reflected in a world view and in expected beliefs and actions (which are often ritualized). There are many different religions, each with a different set of beliefs. The beliefs are about the world and the people in it, about how they came into being, and what their purpose is. These beliefs according to some religious sects, are often linked to supernatural beings such as God, a number of gods or spirits. They may also be linked to an idea such as a path that the spirit of each person should take towards goodness, truth and duty.

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In this research guide, we will be focusing on 6 religions:

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A faith like mine : a celebration of the world's religions - through the eyes of children

Children of different religious backgrounds tell about their faith and what it means to them; includes background information on each religious tradition

All are welcome

Follow a group of children though a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms no matter their race, religion, or background.

Celebrations around the world

Embark on a journey through the most interesting and important festivals, celebrations, and holidays enjoyed by people around the world. Factual writing introduces young readers to the most interesting aspects of each celebration, from the costumes worn to the food eaten, and encourage an understanding of other cultures and religions. It's time to celebrate!

Infographic : guide to the globe

What is the most popular pet in the world? Where is the hottest place on Earth? When did the first civilization develop? Learn these and hundreds and other fascinating facts about the planet and its people with this illustrated guide, full of graphs and charts.

Festivals around the world

Learn about the diverse and vibrant festivals that are celebrated around the world. This series encourages children to consider religious beliefs and cultural traditions via easy to read text and informative imagery.