World Religions

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WORLD RELIGION WEB PAGES



RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD (by Mislinks)

ADHERENTS.COM
Adherents.com is a growing collection of over 43,870 adherent statistics and religious geography citations: references to published membership/adherent statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc. The religions of the world are enumerated here.

WORLD RELIGIONS INDEX: Equipping Christians To Understand Other World Faiths And Religious Philosophies

WORLD RELIGIONS: BELIEFS CHART

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BUDDHISM

BOOKS

PEOPLES OF THE BUDDHIST WORLD by Paul Hattaway
This is an invaluable resource for missions strategists, Bible translators and prayer intercessors. Paul Hattaway has meticulously collected the available information on all the Buddhist people groups of the world. Readers will learn about the different forms of Buddhism, where and how these are practiced, and what special challenges they present for Christians who want to bring the good news of Jesus to Buddhists. Paul Hattaway is the international director of Asia Harvest and is author of The Heavenly Man, Back to Jerusalem and Operation China.

SHARING JESUS IN THE BUDDHIST WORLD by David Lim & Steve Spaulding
This book on Christian missions to the Buddhist world not only provides understanding of many Buddhist cultures; it provides culturally relevant ideas on sharing Jesus with Buddhists around the world. It truly lives up to the editors goal, “To provide the global church with knowledge and understanding of the Buddhist world and how to reach it for Christ.”

WEB SITES

CHRISTIANANSWERS.NET/EVANGELISM/BELIEFS/BUDDHISM.HTML

WWW.US.OMF.ORG/CONTENT.ASP?ID=9293

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THE CHINESE WORLD



CHINESE CHRISTIAN RESOURCE DIRECTORY

BACK TO JERUSALEM MOVEMENT
Back to Jerusalem is a strategic site containing the missionary vision of the Chinese house church in reaching the countries where Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam still reign.


ARTICLES

BUDDHISM IN CHINA: THE FOREIGN RELIGION THAT WON CHINESE HEARTS by Keith Carey
According to a Chinese myth, the Han emperor Ming had a dream in which he saw a “golden man” whom one of his counselors told him was the “foreign god” Buddha. Ming sent to India for Buddhist monks. After the monks arrived, Ming established China’s first Buddhist monastery. (Read more)

THE LAMB OF GOD HIDDEN IN THE ANCIENT CHINESE CHARACTERS by Kui Shin Voo& Larry Hovee

THE ORIGINAL ‘UNKNOWN’ GOD OF CHINA: AN ANCIENT PICTOGRAM SCRIPT POINTS TO THE BIBLE, by Ethel Nelson

THE CHINESE LANGUAGE AND THE CREATIVE HANDS OF GOD – IMPACT No. 169 July 1987 by Ethel R. Nelson, M.D.*

BOOK REVIEW: THE SHRINE NEXT DOOR by Wright Doyle (Christianity Today) Review of the book, The Sinister Way: The Divine and the Demonic in Chinese Religious Culture by Richard von Glahn
Despite its foreboding title and evident academic audience, von Glahn’s treatment of Chinese religion offers a wealth of information and insight to general readers as well as to students of Chinese culture. To explain the rise and transformation of one prominent cult—that of Wutong, a precursor to the smiling face we see today—the author ranges widely throughout Chinese history. The end product is a general overview of popular Chinese religion from earliest times to the present.

LINKS TO CHRISTIANITY TODAY ARTICLES ON CHINA

BOOKS

GOD’S PROMISE TO THE CHINESE, by Dr. Ethel Nelson, Richard E. Broadberry & Dr Ginger Tong Chock

JESUS IN BEIJING: HOW CHRISTIANITY IS TRANSFORMING CHINA AND CHANGING THE GLOBAL BALANCE OF POWER by David Aikman
(Regnery Publishers, 2003) Aikman served as Time’s Beijing bureau director for 30+ years and met with key Christian Chinese leaders to write this analysis of Christianity’s far-reaching influence on Chinese culture.

OPERATION CHINA by Paul Hattaway
A unique reference and prayer guide for the unreached peoples of China.

CHINA’S UNREACHED CITIES, VOLS. 1 & 2 by Paul Hattaway
(Note: After clicking the above hyperlink, you have to scroll down to find these two volumes.) A two-volume prayer guide for major Chinese urban centers. Printed in full color with photos of featured cities.

CHINA’SCHRISTIAN MILLIONS by Tony Lambert
OMF’s Tony Lambert chronicles the persecution and amazing growth of the Chinese Church under Communism.

MP3

GENESIS, BABEL & THE CHINESE LANGUAGE by Dr Andy McIntosh

VIDEOS

OMF produces a number of videos and books for adults and children on missions in China. Many materials are available for free download online.

ORGANIZATIONS

Because organizations that operate in China tend to prefer to do so with little public attention, if you are seeking an agency with which to send missionaries or initiate projects, we encourage you to call either CHINA HARVEST in Wichita, KS (316-942-8295) or CHINASOURCE in Fullerton, CA. While these are not sending agencies, they are in touch with many opportunities in China for American local churches, and can refer churches to organizations that would fit them well.

AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST IN PARADISE
This organization exists to evangelize and disciple Mainland Chinese international students and professionals in the US, that they might impact China for Christ. AFC produces a number of materials to help Christians reach out to Chinese students and professionals.

GLOBAL SPECTRUM
Led by Carol Davis, Global Spectrum consults and trains churches for entry into a variety of nontraditional ministries, including China. GS can conduct briefings on China and give training for churches sending exploratory teams into China.

THE MORRISON INSTITUTE is an American-based training institute for missionaries planning to go to China. Contact China Harvest (316-942-8295) for more information.

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ISLAM



ARTICLES

HOW MANY MUSLIMS LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES?

E-Book

A TOPICAL STUDY OF THE QU’RAN FROM A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE by M.J. Fisher

AUDIO

UNDERSTANDING MUSLIMS Audio message by Dr. Robert Douglas (14 minutes)

EVANGELISM TO MUSLIMS WEB SITES

ANSWERING ISLAM

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HINDUISM



ARTICLES

CURRY LOVERS AMONG US by Rajendra Pillai
The gleaming white of the Sri Venkateswara Temple rose majestically on top of the hill as we approached it one Sunday afternoon last spring. The exquisite architecture reflected intricate Indian design. Tall green trees formed a beautiful backdrop on the canvas of the landscape as we drove up to it. Scores of cars were parked right out to the street and throngs of people were either leaving or entering the temple. We drove around the temple and saw the priests performing their duties in front of the holy fire and blessing people by putting a red mark on their foreheads. This could have been a scene right out of any town or village in India. Only this was suburban Pittsburgh. And I was with the pastor of the church where I had just preached that morning.

PRAYER GUIDE CONTROVERSY REVEALS WORLDWIDE INFLUENCE OF HINDUISM by James Dotson
As a native of India and a former Hindu, N.S.R.K. Ravi is ideally suited to coordinate interfaith evangelism training on Hinduism for the North American Mission Board. And when a prayer guide for Hindus recently was released by the International Mission Board, he knew perhaps better than jost what the response might be. (Read more)

INDIA’S BUSINESS COMMUNITIES AWAIT AN APPOINTMENT WITH CHRIST from the Global Prayer Digest (currently unavailable)
In 1925, American President Calvin Coolidge said, “…the chief business of the American people is business.” By 2025, the same may be true of India.

BOOKS

LIVING WATER AND INDIAN BOWL by Swami Dayanand Bharati
An Analysis of Christian Failings in Communicating Christ to Hindus, with Suggestions towards Improvements
An insightful analysis (based on personal experience) of Christian work among Hindus and the error and inadequacy of Western Christianity in the Hindu world. Numerous telling anecdotes are the greatest strength of this important book. “…He presents the transcultural Good News in culturally understandable ways for the India of the 21st century…” – H. Stanley Wood, Ph.D., Center for New Church Development, Columbia Theological Seminary.

UNREACHED MEGA PEOPLES OF INDIA
by Daniel Sathiaraj
This volume is a brilliant description of “100 groups of over a million people each.” This full-color book is the result of years of work by the Frontier Mission Centre Research Team. Inside, you will find people profiles, photographs, maps, charts, statistics, and prayer points for each of the major unreached peoples of India.

NEW PATTERNS FOR DISCIPLING HINDUS by B.V. Subbamma
(Re-released in 2002)“The readers of this book will see an outline of the patterns by which the great castes of India in the years ahead will come to the Christian faith.” – Donald McGavran. “…being myself a caste convert and having had twelve years experience as an evangelist to Hindus, I know very well how difficult it is for Hindus to join the existing Christian churches… Miss Subbamma’s suggestions for discipling Hindus are biblically correct and practical.” – N. Paul V. Gupta, President, Hindustan Bible Institute, Madras, India

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TRIBAL/ANIMISM


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