A man praying at a Japanese Shintō shrine.

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Regardless of personal beliefs and views, an educated individual should be familiar with the major world religions.  If you’re off to college and haven’t taken a formal course in world religions, do some reading to inform yourself.  Why?  First, it’s a fascinating topic.  Second, your study of comparative religions will foster personal understanding and edification, and additionally, will be an extremely helpful foundation if you should take college courses such as (to name a few) Humanities, History, Literature, and Anthropology.

Religion can be a loaded topic, of course, so be careful if searching on the internet for reading material.  In viewing selected librarian-screened websites from Infomine, I found this and it seems a good, reliable place to begin: