Dear Ann Landers: Your column on major religions was interesting, but as a Christian, I’m troubled by the implication that Roman Catholicism was founded by Jesus Christ, while all other Christian denominations were founded by ordinary men. Jesus Christ founded Christianity, not Catholicism. As a Lutheran, I respect Martin Luther’s courage in exposing the corruption that had infected the church of his day. However, I do not follow Luther. I follow Christ - just like Catholics and Protestants of all denominations. - Christian First in Minnesota
Dear Christian: You are absolutely right. Many readers wrote to set me straight, and I wish to thank them all. Here’s more:
From Sun City, Ariz.: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism are religions. Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican and all the others you mentioned are denominations of the Christian religion. Jesus himself founded no specific church. He established a faith.
Sarasota, Fla.: Anglicanism was not founded by Henry VIII. The Church of England simply broke with the Church of Rome, and it had more to do with the circumstances of the time than Henry VIII’s desire for an annulment.
Aurora, Neb.: You left out the oldest and perhaps purist of all religions - Wicca. The religion was dedicated to the use of the healing arts. Wicca is the religion of witches, who were considered good people who helped others.
Greensboro, N.C.: I do not consider Hinduism a religion. It is a term applied to those living on the other side of the Sind River, relative to the Muslims. A better term to use would be Vedantism.
Minneapolis: All God’s messengers, including Mohammed, Jesus, Moses and Abraham, preached Islam, which means total submission and devotion to God. What distinguishes Mohammed’s mission is the revelation of the holy Koran.
Weatherford, Texas: You didn’t mention our faith, Christadelphian. We believe that the kingdom of God will be re-established in Zion, with Jesus as the ruler of the Earth.
Owensboro, Ky.: Why didn’t you mention the Christian Church, also called the Disciples of Christ?
Edmonton, Alberta: You should have added that Zoroasterianism was founded in Persia centuries ago and Jainism split from Hinduism about 500 B.C. in India. You also didn’t mention the Sikh religion or Shintoism. And please don’t forget the Rastafarians.
Ocala, Fla.: You didn’t mention the Seventh Day Adventists. We’ve been around a long time.
Palatine, Ill.: I would have been interested to know when the Baha’i faith was founded and by whom. You skipped that one.
Cottonwood, Calif.: You neglected to add the “peace” churches. If you are Amish, your church began in the 17th century and is an offshoot of the Mennonites. The Mennonites started in the Netherlands in 1520. And the Quakers began in 1650.
St. Louis Park, Minn.: You forgot the religions of native Americans, Africans, Australians and Asians, not to mention followers of Norse gods and Celtic deities.
Hartford, Conn: If I’m not mistaken, all these religions and denominations believe in the same God, which is fascinating when you consider the unrest in Northern Ireland, Israel, Bosnia, etc. Let us all pray that we can put aside our petty differences.