Second-Ever Parliament of World's Religions Ends

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The second-ever Parliament of the World's Religions ends. Over 8,000 people from all over the world have been meeting in Chicago, the same place where the first Parliament met in 1893.

Touted as a means to help religions grow closer to one another, it also managed to reveal some of the more substantive divisions between religions and why some of them cannot work together — not even in the context of simply meeting like this.

The Orthodox Christian representatives to the Parliament of the World's Religions walked out in protest of the fact that groups without a belief in any gods were included.

Zen Buddhists complained that so much of the Parliament was oriented towards "worshippers of the Almighty and Creator God," even though Buddhism "is not a religion of God."

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