RELIGIOUS EVENTS IN HISTORY

On July 1, 1899, Wisconsin businessmen John Nicholson and Samuel Hill decide to form an organization to distribute free Bibles, which later becomes known as Gideons International. With the original goal to unite traveling salesmen for evangelism, Nicholson and Hill created the Christian Commercial Men’s Association of America and began handing out free Bibles. In 1908, now known as Gideons International, members of the association placed Bibles in the rooms of the Superior Hotel in Superior, Montana. Today, the organization distributes Bibles in approximately 200 countries and copies are printed in more than 100 languages.

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RELIGION CALENDAR

July 10: Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)

July 23: Birthday of Haile Selassie (Rastafarian)

July 24: Pioneer Day (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)

July 28: The Hajj (Islamic)

July 29: Tisha B’Av (Jewish)

July 30: Eid al-Adha (Islamic)

Aug. 1: Lughnasadh (Pagan and Wiccan)

Aug. 15: Feast of the Assumption (Roman Catholic)

Aug. 16: Paryushana (Jain)

Aug. 19: Islamic New Year (Islamic)

GOOD BOOK?

“Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World” by Tara Isabella Burton

A sparklingly strange odyssey through the kaleidoscope of America’s new spirituality: the cults, practices, high priests and prophets of our supposedly post-religion age.

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THE WORD

occulture: A neologism that describes the impact that supernatural and magic beliefs and practices have had on culture, specifically in the humanities, over time.

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RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD

According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of New Zealland is:

- Christian: 37.3%

- Hindu: 2.7%

- Maori: 1.3%

- Muslim: 1.3%

- Buddhist: 1.1%

- Other: 1.6%

- None: 48.6%

- Unspecified: 6.7%

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