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Holy Rebels: The Iconic Abrahamic Paradigm

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Holy Prophets of the Abrahamic mold were first and foremost iconoclasts with a questioning spirit. These courageous rebels fought inequality and corrupt governance.

The Abrahamic paradigm

  1. Monotheistic,
  2. Conceive God to be a transcendent Creator-figure
  3. God as the source of moral law.

Major Abrahamic religions

While the sacred narratives of all of these religions feature many of the same figures, histories and places, in each though they often present with different roles, perspectives and meanings. Nevertheless they all promote

  1. A filial devotion to "monotheism" or a single universal power
  2. A questioning spirit and eternal seeker of truth
  3. Courageous enough to rebel the status quo of dubious authority, or corrupt governance.

Courageous, Iconoclastic Prophets of Truth

  • Abraham:--- The iconic prophet model, original rebel of the status quo.
  • Moses:--- Divine destiny's reluctant servant.
  • Jesus:--- Advocate for the disenfranchised and spiritually bereft.
  • Muhammad:--- Catalyst for unity & respect.
  • Bahá’u’lláh:--- Spiritual unity and the synergy of universal harmony.
  • Buddha:--- Champion of mutual interdependence of all life form.
  • Mormon, Joseph Smith, Jr:--- Holistic awakening through return to spiritual sources.

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Abrahamic religions are the monotheistic faiths emphasizing and tracing their common origin to Abraham or recognizing a spiritual tradition identified with Abraham. The major three religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have been intertwined throughout their histories.

  • 3.8 billion followers of these three Abrahamic religions, as of the early twenty-first century.
  • 54% of the world's population consider themselves adherents of the Abrahamic religions, about 30% of other religions, and 16% are non-religious.

The three major divisions in comparative religion,

  1. Judaism, Christianity and Islam,
  2. Indian religions (Dharmic),
  3. East Asian religions (Taoic)