Roman Catholicism: the faith, practice, and system of government of the Roman Catholic
Apostasy: a total desertion of or departure from one's religion, principles, party, cause, etc.
Anglicanism: the doctrines, principles, or system of the Anglican Church.
Protestantism: is one of the three major divisions (Catholicism, Orthodoxy, and Protestantism)
Islam: is an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion characterized by the acceptance of the doctrine of
submission to Allah (God) and the Prophet Muhammad as the chief and last prophet of God.
Sharia Law: is the code of conduct or religious law of Islam.
Canon Law: is the body of laws and regulations made or adopted by ecclesiastical authority, for
the government of the Christian organization and its members. It is the internal ecclesiastical law
governing the Catholic Church (both Latin Rite and Eastern Catholic Churches), the Eastern and
Oriental Orthodox churches, and the Anglican Communion of churches.
Civil Law: is a legal system inspired by Roman law, the primary feature of which is that laws are
written into a collection, codified, and not (as in common law) determined by judges.
Common Law: is law developed by judges through decisions of courts and similar tribunals
rather than through legislative statutes or executive branch action.
Theocracy: a form of government in which god or a deity is recognized as the supreme civil
ruler, the God's or deity's laws being interpreted by the ecclesiastical authorities.
Presbyterian: pertaining to or based on the principle of ecclesiastical government by presbyters
Methodists: a member of the largest Christian denomination that grew out of the revival of
religion led by John Wesley: stresses both personal and social morality and has an Arminian
doctrine and, in the U.S., a modified episcopal polity.
United Church: are churches formed from the merger or other form of union of two or more
different Protestant denominations.
Hinduism: the common religion of India with many schools of philosophy and theology, many
popular cults, and a large pantheon symbolizing the many attributes of a single god. Buddhism
and Jainism are outside the Hindu tradition but are regarded as related religions.