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Religions

The Largest main World Religions in order are:

  • Christianity: 2.1 billion
  • Islam: 1.3 billion
  • Hinduism: 900 million
  • Buddhism: 376 million
  • Sikhism: 23 million
  • Judaism: 14 million

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

  • Baha'i
    One of the youngest of the world's major religions.
  • Buddhism
    A way of living based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama.
  • Candomblé
    A religion based on African beliefs, originating in Brazil.
  • Christianity
    The world's biggest faith, based on the teaching of Jesus Christ.
  • Hinduism
    A group of faiths rooted in the religious ideas of India.
  • Islam
    Revealed in its final form by the Prophet Muhammad.
  • Jainism
    An ancient philosophy and ethical teaching that originated in India.
  • Jehovah's Witnesses
    A Christian-based evangelistic religious movement.
  • Judaism
    Based around the Jewish people's covenant relationship with God.
  • Mormonism
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Paganism
    Contemporary religions usually based on reverence for nature.
  • Rastafari
    A young religion founded in Jamaica in the 1930s.
  • Santeria
    Afro-Caribbean syncretic religion originating in Cuba.
  • Shinto
    Japanese folk tradition and ritual with no founder or single sacred scripture.
  • Spiritualism
    Spiritualists believe in communication with the spirits of people who have died.
  • Taoism
    An ancient tradition of philosophy and belief rooted in Chinese worldview.
  • Unitarianism
    An open-minded and individualistic approach to religion.
  • Zoroastrianism
    One of the oldest monotheistic faiths, founded by the Prophet

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