Welcome to ReligionFacts!

Religion, or at least religious inquiry, is something that nearly all humans share in common. In all corners of the world and in all eras of history, people have wondered about the meaning of life, how to make the best of it, what happens after we die, and if there is anyone or anything "out there."

The goal of this website is to provide free, reliable information — "just the facts" — on the various answers that have been given to these questions, as well as the rituals and customs that go along with them. This very broad goal means that we cover a wide variety of religions, belief systems, and world views—the grounds for a group's inclusion are only that it offers an explanation of ultimate reality or the purpose of life and has (or had) a significant number of followers.

ReligionFacts is an objective guide and does not promote any one religion or belief system nor even a particular view of religion. Our only value statements are these: (1) religion is interesting; (2) knowledge is good. These two opinions led to the creation of ReligionFacts in 2004. Other than that, we aim to keep our opinions to ourselves and give you the facts in the most unbiased and objective manner possible. Not sure where to start? Try our popular Big Religion Chart, check out some definitions of religion, view our list of religions and belief systems, or try a keyword search above.

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Ankh

The ankh (Nem Ank, "key of life"; Latin crux ansata, "handle-shaped cross") is a cross with a loop in place of an upper vertical. In ancient Egypt, the ankh symbolized life, immortality, and the union of opposites.

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The Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark is the oldest and shortest of the four gospels in the Christian New Testament, written c. 70 CE. It emphasizes the "messianic secret" and the suffering and death of Jesus.

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C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

C.S. Lewis was a Christian author who is best known for writing The Chronicles of Narnia children's books and several popular works on Christianity.

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Ganesha

Ganesha is a Hindu god with an elephant's head and rotund human body. Son of the goddess Parvati and god Shiva, the friendly and approachable Ganesha is one of the most popular gods in modern Hinduism.

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Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is an annual celebration of romantic love on February 14, mostly in the West. Although associated with a Catholic saint, modern Valentine's Day is a non-religious holiday.

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Mardi Gras

Celebrated on the last day before Lent, Mardi Gras is a day to enjoy one last feast before the 40-day fast leading up to Easter.

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