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Religion A-Z #2

Guess these religion-themed answers from A to Z.
All answers are a single word
For the purpose of this quiz, "religion", "ideology", and "spirituality" are interchangeable
Last updated: November 27, 2018
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Clue
Answer
A
Religious group that shuns many
modern inventions
Amish
B
Biblical city ruled by Nebuchadnezzar
Babylon
C
97% of people from this country
are Buddhist
Cambodia
D
He slept in the lion's den
Daniel
E
Where Osiris and Ra were worshipped
Egypt
F
What Muslims do during daytime
in the month of Ramadan
Fast
G
Hindu god with an elephant head
Ganesha
H
Greek god of the underworld
Hades
I
The only majority Jewish country
Israel
J
Biblical character who was swallowed
by a "great fish"
Jonah
K
Indian belief crudely summarized as
"what goes around comes around"
Karma
L
He started the Protestant Reformation
Luther
M
Islamic place of worship
Mosque
N
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, ...
Numbers
 
Clue
Answer
O
Branch of Christianity practiced in
Russia: Eastern ________
Orthodox
P
Zoroastrianism was the state religion
of this empire
Persian
Q
Religious group also known
as Friends
Quakers
R
End of the world in Norse mythology
Ragnarök
S
Largest branch of Islam
Sunni
T
Chinese belief system based on
the teachings of Laozi
Taoism
U
Greek primordial deity who
personified the sky
Uranus
V
Headquarters of the Catholic church
Vatican City
W
Muslim men are permitted to have
as many as four of these
Wives
X
Ancient galactic overlord in the
beliefs of Scientology
Xenu
Y
God of the Israelites
Yahweh
Z
King of the Greek gods
Zeus
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level 80
Nov 28, 2018
Oh. I didn't know Yahweh was with a v. I tried Yahveh and when that didn't work Yehova and nope. Doesn't help when my native language treats v and w as the same letter.
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level 55
Apr 18, 2019
"But in the Latin alphabet, 'Jehovah' begins with an 'I'."
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level 55
Apr 18, 2019
Only in the footsteps of god will he proceed...
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level 71
Nov 28, 2018
Ugh. I thought the N clue wanted to know what group of books Genesis, Exodus and Leviticus belonged to. Can't argue with 67% getting it right though
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level 82
Nov 28, 2018
Yeah, perhaps a _____ instead of a ... would make it more clear.
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level 72
Feb 4, 2019
An ellipsis makes more sense to me - it suggests that it is a sequence of words and the next word is missing
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level 68
Nov 29, 2018
Ditto!
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level 58
Nov 28, 2018
could you accept Numeri instead of Numbers for the bible book?
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level 70
Nov 29, 2018
If you would like a less "crude" expression of karma – because yeah, that one sounds pretty glib – and one that will raise the quizee's knowledge via exposure to accurate terminology, you could change it to something like "The Indian principle of cause and effect".
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level 68
Dec 3, 2018
That sounds Newtonian.
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level 71
Dec 27, 2018
5* quiz F the haters
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level 60
Feb 19, 2019
Wouldn't V work without the 2nd word as those are all supposed to be single word answers? I know it's accepted without but it just caught my eye.
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level 57
Apr 18, 2019
Yeah, Scientology is not a religion. It's a cult
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level 75
Apr 18, 2019
the difference being?
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level 55
Apr 19, 2019
You probably want to look at Steven Hassan’s BITE Model and that might help you understand the difference. Look at jehovah's witnesses or mormons compared to non-cult christian groups, for example
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level 75
Apr 19, 2019
I've looked. Okay, so, using the BITE model, let's look at, say, Christianity...
promote dependence and obedience. check.
modify behavior with rewards and punishments. check.
dictate where and with whom you live. check.
restrict or control sexuality. check.
control clothing or hairstyle. check.
regulate what and how much you eat and drink. check. bigger check or Judaism or Islam, though.
deprive you of seven to nine hours of sleep... I don't think so? Do we have to check off every single box to be a cult? Islam does that by forcing you to wake up and pray but Christianity I don't think so except on Sundays.
exploit you financially. check.
restrict leisure time and activities. check.
require you to seek permission for major decisions. like whom you're allowed to marry? check.
deliberately withhold and distort information. check.
forbid you from speaking with ex-members and critics. I wouldn't say forbid, but strongly advise against? check
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level 75
Apr 19, 2019
I ran out of characters there was more to the list but... just going down what they've got, it definitely seems like all Abrahamic religions fit the bill and should be considered cults. If this is your standard.
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level 55
Apr 25, 2019
I'm not sure you can apply it to as broad a label as christianity, or islam or any other religion. There is too much variation between the subgroups. I personally think a group needs to check off a clear majority of the boxes, but more importantly I think the degree to which a group fulfills each criterion must be considered. Sure, you could say that giving in church or something is technically financial exploitation, but it's a far cry from scientology fees and to fail to distinguish the two is silly. I also don't know that christianity in general discourages contact with ex members or critics, but consider that jehovah's witnesses can be disfellowshipped even as children, and these children may be permitted to remain in the family home, but they will not be allowed to eat with the family and they will have minimal contact- This is clear extremist/ cult behaviour. I don't see that getting up to pray is any different than getting up to go to work or something. Perspective is important
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level 52
Apr 18, 2019
The only difference between a religion and a cult is the number of followers.
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level 59
Apr 18, 2019
There's a creation story, fantastical characters, and you have to give them money. Sound familiar? Only we factually know the source of that flavor of nonsense.
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level 75
Apr 19, 2019
I'd actually recommend looking up the "BITE" model that Olober referenced above. It all sounds very VERY familiar, to me, someone who used to be a devout practicing evangelical Christian in the USA, and who later converted to Islam in Saudi Arabia (for the lolz, but still, went through the process), and later lived in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Israel. *very* familiar.
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level 75
Apr 18, 2019
You ought to at least accept masjid for mosque, and possibly Mecca and Medina as they are the two most significant. But masjid is the non-Romanized version. and all of the above starts with M.
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level 55
Apr 18, 2019
I agree with masjid being acceptable as that is what muslims call it regardless of their language (maybe turkish might be an exception here). However, Mecca and Medina should not be acceptable answers based on the clue provided.
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level 75
Apr 18, 2019
are they not places Muslims worship?

I wouldn't add them either, but I would put in Masjid
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level 61
Apr 18, 2019
"Place of worship" colloquially means the name of the specific building or area in which worship takes place. Holy cities are another matter.
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level 53
Apr 18, 2019
I think every one of us calls it Masjid instead of mosque. So I think "Masjid" should be added as a type-in.
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level 75
Apr 18, 2019
Mecca is a specific area in which worship takes place. Have you ever been there during hajj?
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level 49
Apr 18, 2019
Came to say too that Masjid should be the correct answer, with mosque possibly as a second option.
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level 65
Apr 18, 2019
Yahweh is not we, Jewish people, use or have ever used for G-d.
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level 75
Apr 18, 2019
Yahweh is the name of the old Hebrew air god. These primitive people believed that he existed everywhere, that being inside of you is what gave things life (as they were filled with air; breath), and that you could not avoid saying his name as it's the sound you make when you inhale (yah) and exhale (weh). Some of this is speculative. We don't know exactly how old Hebrews used to vocalize the names of their old gods because starting around the 3rd century BC their superstition made them think it was bad to say or write down the gods' names. Jehovah became a common English transliteration. There are something like 50+ different gods mentioned in the Hebrew bible, and good reason to believe that at some point Hebrews at least believed in and probably worshipped many, until a couple different gods got fused into their concept of YHWH and eventually they became monotheistic similar to in Egypt when the pantheon was slowly abandoned in favor of worship of Amon-Ra, another combined god.
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level 55
Apr 23, 2019
Really? You're saying the tetragrammaton יהוה means nothing to you? Yahweh, Yehova, Yeshua. Literally all the same thing.
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level 62
Apr 25, 2019
You fail to understand that the tetragrammaton is a sacred name for God that is traditionally believed to be unpronounceable/secret pronunciation (Hebrew does not have vowels). The English (seemingly phonetic) rendering of Yahweh is not only impossible in Hebrew (which doesn't have a w sound, and the number of letters doesn't even correspond), but shows a lack of basic understanding of the significance of the letters in Jewish thought, tradition, and belief. To render them here, as blackholexsun has done, shows yet more ignorance. Whether from a technical or religious perspective, Yahweh is not significant to or representative of the Jewish people in this English form.
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level 75
Apr 25, 2019
^those traditions (read: silly superstitions) are more recent than the name of the god we're talking about.
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level 48
Apr 18, 2019
Please accept Dao(ism)
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level 61
Apr 18, 2019
The whole question should be removed to stick with the alphabet theme. You combine Laozi's name spelled in pinyin with Taoism spelled in Wade-Giles. That's wildly inconsistent.
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level 66
Apr 18, 2019
I tried Dao first and was wildly confused
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level 68
Apr 18, 2019
Ragnarok is not the end of the world in Norse mythology. It means "Twilight of the gods," and it does feature a lot of natural disasters, a great battle, and the death of many (but not all) gods, and humanity survives as well.
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level 75
Apr 18, 2019
yeah but then they get stopped by Thanos on their way to Earth.
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level 75
Apr 18, 2019
I honestly wish I could travel 1000 years in to the future just to see if Jesus had made it on to the Avengers by then. I assume that some day he'll be treated about the same as Thor is now. I know South Park made him part of the Super Best Friends but that's a parody; I want to see the serious Russo Brothers version of Jesus.
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level 75
Apr 18, 2019
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level 60
Apr 18, 2019
If you haven't seen it, the show Preacher's depiction is nice.
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level 50
Apr 18, 2019
I love how I know Xenu but I didn't know Jonah.
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level 75
Apr 18, 2019
Jonah just survived inside a fish. Xenu ruled the whole galaxy!!
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level 21
Apr 27, 2019
Jonah existed but Xenu didn't...
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level 59
Apr 18, 2019
Could the "Y" question potentially be changed, as Jews are not allowed to write the name of G-d. Great quiz though.
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level 60
Apr 19, 2019
weird.
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level 59
Apr 19, 2019
jkabq its not weird. In Judaism, if one writes G-d's name, they can not throw out the paper on which it is written or erase the word itself
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level 70
Apr 18, 2019
I'd like to thank Thor for being able to provide the answer "Ragnarok". Never would have got it if it weren't for the movie.
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level 50
Apr 18, 2019
sad, i thought the N question was asking for the group of books because i read the ellipsis as "etc" instead of it indicating that i had to complete a sequence, would have gotten it though :(
+1
level 79
Apr 18, 2019
Thank god I'm an atheist.
+1
level 75
Apr 19, 2019
Did Satan put you up to making Fuller House?
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level 21
Apr 27, 2019
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