Common Religious Themes

Scroll down to see the list of more than 50 common religious themes
that we have consolidated from across the world's religions.


There is a well-known story in Indian religious texts including those of Hinduism and Buddhism about an elephant and a group of blind men. Because they are blind, the men must rely on their sense of touch to examine the elephant. Since they all are touching different parts of the animal — the trunk, the tail, the tusks, etc. — they all come to very different conclusions as to the identity of what they’re touching. And thus the elephant can only be seen for what it is by the blind men if they each share and piece together their findings.

This is how we understand religion: each of the major prophets were dealing with limited information and resources based on their historical and geographical contexts. However, if we today pooled together these different, smaller (and currently siloed) truths, we collectively would be closer to the bigger Truth. We would also see that religions are not so different after all and need not be in conflict with one another: we are all on one shared quest toward making meaning out of the world around us.

We are currently working on a book project that highlights over 50 common themes across religions.


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