Glossary of Religion

The ReligionFacts Glossary of Religion contains clear, concise definitions of nearly 1,000 religious terms and concepts. Click on a term for sources and more info.

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13 Articles of Faith

A list provided by Joseph Smith when he was asked about the basic beliefs of the Church.

5 Pillars of Islam

(Arabic أركان الإسلام arkān al-Islām, "pillars of Islam" or أركان الدين arkān ad-dīn, "pillars of religion"). Five rituals required of all adult Muslims.


(Latin anno hegirae, "After Hijira"). Western abbreviation for the Islamic dating of years, beginning with Muhammad's flight to Medina in 622 CE.


(Greek, "follower"). A lay person, usually a child or young adult, who assists ministers in worship services.


Traditional Chinese medical treatment using needles to stimulate the flow of ch'i in the body.