The Largest main World Religions in order are:
Hinduism - The oldest religion, it may date to prehistoric times.
Judaism - The Hebrew leader Abraham founded Judaism around 2000 B.C. Judaism is the oldest of the monotheistic faiths (religions with one god).
Christianity - Founded by Jesus Christ, who was crucified around A.D. 30 in Jerusalem. It was after his death when his followers came to believe in him as the Christ, the Messiah.
Buddhism - Founded by Siddhartha Gautama, called the Buddha, in the 4th or 5th century B.C. in India.
Islam - Founded in Arabia by Muhammad between A.D. 610 and A.D. 632
There are literally thousands of religions practised today across the world. Each religion is split into numerous sects, and within each sect, there are divisions at odds with each other. For this reason, it is essential to bear in mind that when one talks about christians or muslims say, this is not a united group of people that practice their faith as a cohesive group, in fact, it is quite the opposite, with each sub-division convinced they know the truth and the others are misled.
Religion is not static with new versions and religions being invented periodically, plagiarising, borrowing, modifying, and altering elements of other religions, and asserting that their revelation is the ultimate truth.
A list of some of the better known religions are
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