Religion For Dummies
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All religions have important people whose teachings and lives embody the spirit of the faith and present models of faith’s promise. This chart shows the founders, teachers, and key leaders of major religions:

Buddha Founder of Buddhism Buddhism
Confucius Philosopher and teacher; founder of Confucianism Confucianism
Guru Nanak First guru (divine leader) of Sikhism Sikhism
Jesus Prophet and Son of God Christianity
Lao-Tzu Attributed writer of Tao Te Ching, founder of Taoism Taoism
Mahavira Spiritual leader and last of the 24 Tirthankara (Jain saints) Jainism
Moses Prophet who talked to God and was given the Ten Commandments Judaism, Christianity, Islam
Muhammad Prophet to whom God revealed the Qur’an Islam
Zoroaster Founder of Zoroastrianism Zoroastrianism

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Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman host cable TV's The God Squad and appear frequently on Good Morning America and Imus in the Morning. They have written several children's books on religion.

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