Religious Requirements and Practices of Certain Selected Groups: A Handbook for Chaplains

Overview

Prepared by the Office of the Chief of Chaplains, United States Army, this handbook provides a useful guide to the beliefs and practices of a number of religious groups. It provides a useful reference, both for professionals such as airport and hospital chaplains, and for lay readers interested in a basic guide to religious groups not readily covered in other references.

A specific purpose of the handbook was also to limit the amount of information provided on each group. Thus, ...

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Overview

Prepared by the Office of the Chief of Chaplains, United States Army, this handbook provides a useful guide to the beliefs and practices of a number of religious groups. It provides a useful reference, both for professionals such as airport and hospital chaplains, and for lay readers interested in a basic guide to religious groups not readily covered in other references.

A specific purpose of the handbook was also to limit the amount of information provided on each group. Thus, while the information is accurate (in most instances approved by authorities from the individual groups themselves), it is by no means comprehensive. The material presented in the handbook was derived through an extensive research effort.

Among the uniform topics covered for each group are: historical roots, origins in the U.S., number of adherents in the U.S., organizational structure, leadership and role of priesthood, who may conduct worship services, is group worship required, dietary laws or restrictions, special religious holidays, funeral and burial requirements, autopsy, cremation, medical treatment, is a priest required at the time of death, basic teachings or beliefs, and ethical practices.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898756074
  • Publisher: University Press of the Pacific
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 420,197
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Introduction: Christian Heritage Groups 1
Berkeley Christian Coalition 5
Children of God 11
Church of Christ, Scientist 17
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 23
General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists 29
Holy Order of MANS 35
Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity 41
International Christian Ministries 47
Mennonite Church 51
Religious Society of Friends in the U.S. 57
Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 63
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York 69
Worldwide Church of God 75
Introduction: Indian Heritage Groups 1
Divine Light Mission 5
International Society for Krishna Consciousness 11
World Plan Executive Council (TM) 17
Introduction: Islamic Groups 1
Hanafi Muslims 5
Sufi Order 9
World Community of Islam in the West 15
Introduction: Japanese Heritage Groups 1
Buddhist Churches of America 5
Church of Perfect Liberty 11
Nichiren Shoshu Academy 17
Introduction: Jewish Groups 1
Black Hebrew Israelite Nation 3
Conservative Judaism 7
Orthodox Judaism 13
Reconstructionist Judaism 19
Reformed Judaism 25
Introduction: Sikh Groups 1
Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization 3
Sikh Dharma 7
Introduction: "Other" Groups 1
America Council of Witches 5
Baha'i Faith 11
Church of Satan 17
Churches of Scientology 23
Foundation Faith of the Millenium 29
Gardinerian Wicca 35
Native American Church 41
Universal Life Church 47
Appendix
Approving or Consulting Authorities 1
Glossary of Terms 5
Index of Terms 9
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