HUM130 Final Project

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Baptists and Hinduism By Candace Terrell April 3, 2011 HUM 130
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There are so many different religions that the world is made of. Although many of these religions might be similar, no two religions are exactly identical. It would actually be more difficult to name the similar elements that make up a religion than to identify the differences. For example, the Baptist religion is a branch of the Christianity religion, but in no way are they the exact same religion. If one were to compare and contrast the way of Hinduism to the Baptist religion, one might be able to grasp the severity of the differences between the two. In this paper there are vast amounts of comparables and similarities to each of those religions in a brief setting and also a brief summarize explanation as to what the Baptist religion is from a person of that fellowship. I decided to visit the main chapel on Fort Hood (Texas) to interview a soldier with the Baptist denomination. He was able to give me a brief description about the basis of the religion. According to SPC Smith, Baptists are followers that believe in scripture more than anything else. Praying is important, paying tithes is important, but being able to recite, live by and know the word is made priority. There is also a process when one wants to ‘convert’ to the Baptist religion. This process involves a person being immerged in water to wash away any sins, referred to as a baptism. Baptisms can be done at any age and no one is rejected from becoming a follower. The Bible is the only form of text that would be used in this religion and services usually only occurs once a week on Sundays. There is no holiday that one does not or cannot celebrate and it is a very open religion; open-minded people. Learning this information has only made it easier for me to explore the depths and facts of this religion. The Baptist religion is a branch of the Christianity religion. This particular fellowship has an estimated amount of anywhere between 31 million to 80 followers worldwide. It also happens to be one the more popular sects of the Christian religion. No one can be exactly sure where this fellowship began, but there are many ideas about it. It is said to believe that the Baptist Church was founded by John Smyth in Holland around 1609. However, it is also believed that one Roger Williams founded this religion in 1638 in Rhode Island. Smyth was a man that separated himself from the Church of
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England shortly before he founded the Baptist religion. Since Smyth was the so called founder, he then stepped forward and assumed the position as pastor of this new religion. Many historians believe that in accordance with his reading of the New Testament , Smyth did not agree with of believe in the baptism of infants. Once he had that idea set in his mind he then only instituted baptisms to adults who believed in the word. From then on the Baptist practice spread all the way to
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2011 for the course HUM 130 taught by Professor Georgegreaves during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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