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Lesson 6 ~ Comparative Religion ~ Essay
By:  Rev. Trent Murman
Find out more about The Jewish Renewal:  The term also refers to an emerging Jewish movement, the Jewish Renewal movement, which describes itself as "a worldwide, transdenominational movement grounded in Judaism's prophetic and mystical traditions."[3] The Jewish Renewal movement incorporates social views such as feminism, environmentalism and pacifism. About the movement, Jewish Renewal rabbi Rachel Barenblat writes:  Renewal is an attitude, not a denomination; adherents of Renewal come from all of the branches of Judaism. Renewal places emphasis on direct spiritual experience, and values accessibility over insularity...Renewal is a grassroots, transdenominational approach to Judaism which seeks to revitalize Judaism by drawing on the immanence-consciousness of feminism, the joy of Hasidism, the informed do-it-yourself spirit of the havurah movement, and the accumulated wisdom of centuries of tradition.

Research the following:

What was so profound in Buddha's teachings that it could not be recapitulated back into Hinduism? Buddhism as a religion refutes the ideas of eternal self (Atman) and eternity in nature (Brahman); this refutation distinguishes it from Hinduism.  Maya is the belief that everything, which one sees in this world is illusion, a product of the individual's own failed interpretation and self-delusion. It is one of the foundations of the Hindu faith. Hinayana Buddhists also believe in maya. It cannot be said, however, that Buddhist doctrine (as a whole) either supports or denies maya.  The two religions also share the law of karma. Karma is the belief in a "law of consequences." According to this doctrine, the actions, which one performs will redound upon the performer either as blessings for good deeds or curses for evil deeds.  Dharma is loosely translated as "obligation." It is the duty of the individual. To both the Hindu and the Buddhist, dharma is a very real concept.
What sects in Christianity are you familiar with? Were they founded by or around an esotericist?
Esotericism or Esoterism signifies the holding of esoteric opinions or beliefs,[1] that is, ideas preserved or understood by a small group or those specially initiated, or of rare or unusual interest.

Roman Catholic: The Catholic Church is believed to have been founded by Jesus Christ himself, when he when gathered the twelve apostles, and is believed to be the original Christian church.   Yes, Jesus was an esotericist. 

Lutheran:  Martin Luther founded the Lutheran Church, in 1522. Yes Martin Luther was an esotericist.

Baptist:  The "Baptist" church was simply a church within a much larger group of Anabaptist churches (that included the Amish also), not a particular denomination in itself for many years. Historians trace the earliest Baptist church back to 1609 in Amsterdam, with English Separatist John Smyth as its pastor.
Pentecostal:  There is no one founder of the Pentecostal Church.
Protestant:  Really there is no "Protestant religion." It is a broad term often used by 1. Roman Catholics to refer to all other Christians who are not Roman Catholic 2. non-historic, non-denominational Christians who have no other formal title and 3. Non-Roman Catholic, Non-Eastern Orthodox Christians who want to clearly distinguish themselves as non-Roman Catholic.
The Mormon:   
In the spring of 1820, a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith went into a grove of trees near his home in Palmyra, New York.
Evangelical
: 
Evangelicalism is a Protestant Christian movement that began in the 17th century and became an organized movement with the emergence around 1730 of the Methodists in England and the Pietists among Lutherans in Germany and Scandinavia. The movement became even more significant in the United States during the series of Great Awakenings of the 18th and 19th centuries, where it drew far more members than in Europe. It continues to draw adherents globally in the 21st century, especially in the developing world.  Evangelicalism de-emphasizes ritual and emphasizes the piety of the individual, believing that God works certain changes in the individual
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