Objectives

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Reading this module will introduce the learners to various religions in the Philippines. Once finished studying the module, the learner should be able to:

bulletidentify the different religious groups found in the country
bulletdistinguish one group from another
bulletidentify the linkage between religion and public life, and
bulletidentify current religious concerns.

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An atheist friend of Sir Isaac Newton visited the famed scientist shortly after Newton had constructed a mechanical model of the solar system. The man walked over to it, turned the crank and the planets and moons moved around in their orbits.

"How wonderful!" the man exclaimed. "Who made it?"

"Nobody did," answered Newton.

The astonished visitor protested that this marvelous machine had to have been made by somebody, to which Newton replied:

"Now isn't it amazing. I tell you that nobody made this simple toy, and you don't believe me. Yet you gaze at the intricate design of the solar system and dare to say that no one made it."

- from "Common Ground" in
The Plain Truth by
J. Tkach (July/Aug 2002:31)