Monday, November 16, 2009

World Religion Challenge 2010

January 1 - December 31, 2010

It's a go...due to enough interest, J.T. is hosting the 2010 World Religion Challenge. She writes:
I decided to lift a note from Taoism by calling these Paths (Tao means "way" or "path") to Reading Challenge Enlightenment:

1. The Bare Bones Path (Also Know As: The *Technically* There's Only Three Paths): Read something about what are *technically* the only world religions, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. (These are considered, by some scholars, to be the only World Religions because while Judaism and Hinduism have the numbers, they don't proselytize or really invite other people to join, making it more of an ethnicity).

2. The Penthouse Path (Also Known As: The Five Biggies Path): Read something about the five major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

3. The Universalist Path (Also Known As: The Above and Beyond Path): Read something by all five of the major world religions PLUS more books about any or all of the following: Shintoism, Animism, Taoism, Confucianism, Wicca, Mythology, Atheism, Occult, Tribal Religions, Voodoo, Unitarianism, Baha'i, Cults, Scientology, Mysticism, Rastafarianism, Jainism, Sikhism, Zorastrianism, Agnosticism, Gnosticism, Satanism, Manichaeism, Deism, Comparative Religion, Religious Philosophy, Jungiansim, Symbolism, Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, etc., etc. etc. (you may also read about another aspect of one of the 5 Biggies)

4. The Unshepherded Path (Also Known As: The Don't Tell Me What to Do Path): Read as many books as you would like about whatever religions you want.
You can read:
  • Nonfiction
  • fiction
  • religious texts
  • poetry
You can also:
  • watch a movie
  • see a play
  • listen to some music
  • attend a service
  • celebrate a holiday
  • perform a ritual
  • open the door when Jehovah's Witnesses come to call
In addition:
  • Audio books and cross-overs from other challenges are encouraged.
  • You do not need a blog to join.
J.T. has started a dedicated blog for the challenge - to get more information (including some inspiration), and to sign up for the challenge...pop over there.