Billy Graham preaching in 1955. The people who follow this religion are called Christians. The religion was introduced to Brazil by African slaves who settled in the country during the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The Kimbanguist Church primarily in central Africa , Balinese Hinduism primarily in Bali, Indonesia , Lingayats primarily in southern India , Tenrikyo primarily in Japan , Druze primarily in Lebanon, Israel and Syria and the Anglipayan Church primarily in the Philippines are other examples of this type. Vodoun is more properly classified as Dahomean and Fon in origin, not Yoruba. Even its oft-criticized differences lend credence to the notion that it is truly a unique, new religion, and not a part of Hinduism, Buddhism or some other faith.
Their main dialects are Sorani and Kurmanji. The projections are based on the number of people who self-identify with each religious group, regardless of their level of observance. So we are including Neo-Paganism on this list because the most recent sociological work in the field indicates it is a distinct religion, and because it is increasingly significant. The religion is only about 150 years old. Archived from the original on 21 October 2010.
But a few groups listed here might not be considered religious bodies in a strict sense: The Eastern Orthodox Church is listed here because the autonomous national churches which form the Eastern Orthodox ecumenical communion such as the Russian Orthodox Church, Orthodox Church of America, Greek Orthodox Church, Bulgarian Orthodox Church, etc. Although the majority of Sikh believers continue to reside in northern India, over the years a great many followers have moved to a number of diverse foreign countries of the world, including , the United States, , , and the , among others 5. They are sometimes classified as a Christian sect because they use the Bible as their primary religious text but they generally use the Hebrew Bible. Adherents: About 30 million, mostly in Japan. In a nutshell, Shinto is simply the indigenous ethnic practice of Japan and its importance is almost entirely historical and cultural, not contemporary. After the Arab overpowered them, Islam slowly dominated the Kurds. Others at the Pew Research Center who provided editorial or research guidance include Michael Dimock, Claudia Deane, Scott Keeter, Jeffrey S.
Archived from on 27 October 2014. Possibly a few independent national bodies have been omitted if we are not aware of them. The religion follows the Abrahamic teaching and currently spread across the middle eastern countries and many parts of Asia. Each time, some faithful believers were rescued by flying saucers and put back on Earth Theist and 1996 By Hon Ming Chen Yes Chinese Religion A varied cultural religion practiced traditionally on a town-by-town and region-by-region basis Prehistoric prehistoric Reincarnation until escape None Christadelphians Bible-based Christianity 1840s By Dr John Thomas Heaven or hell Fundamentalist Anti-science flat-earth Christian cult, who also predicted the End of the World would occur 4 different times Theist 1895 John Alexander Dowie Heaven or hell A world religion ,. Their numbers are almost entirely confined to Korea, however.
Others are atheists, who deny the existence of God. For the purposes of defining a religion we need to have some cutoff point. Independent surveys and government-based figures are not indicative of the higher estimates provided by Neo-Pagan and Wiccan organizations, but there may be a variety of reasons for this. Even within the totalitarian regime of , it has been estimated that some 16 % of the population continue to subscribe to the Muism belief system. There exists a continual battle between the Arabs and the Kurds leading to a survivalist mentality for the Kurds. The self-described nonreligious segment of society in Australia and New Zealand is also high, at around 15%.
Levant Arabs initially settled at the Arabian Peninsula and later migrated to North Africa. Archived from on 28 September 2012. This is the simplest and least expensive method, but it can be highly unreliable. This map, developed by The Independent and Statistia , shows which religions have the most subscribers in different parts of the world. There is certainly a Church of England. Belief that God has a special contract with a Hebrew tribe, involving many specific rules of behaviour Prehistoric Babylon mostly - now and 1st millennium Combination of prehistoric practices which became organized in Babylon Yes Mennonite A Protestant Christian denomination Central Europe Heaven or hell Roman mystery religion that believed that the Son of the Sun was a saviour who was sacrificed for the good of all Roman mystery religions -50 to 50 Yes Not known A form of belief, rather than a specific system.
Among those in the overall public, 27% are college graduates, 32% have some college experience, and 41% have a high school diploma or less education. Regional religious bodies are often national manifestations of a larger religious movement or denominational family. So there is some spread beyond its home country, but with only about 500 branches worldwide, and with some question as to whether it has really emerged from it's original Shinto matrix, it may be inappropriate to call it a distinct major religion. Indo Aryan People The largest ethnic group in the whole world is none other than the Indo Aryan people who live in the parts of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives. Additionally, the practice of officially associating a family or household with a religious institute while not formally practicing the affiliated religion is common in many countries. Due to the heavy concentration of Christians and Muslims in this high-fertility region, both groups would increase as a percentage of the global population. For most practical and administrative purposes, these churches comprise religious bodies more comparable to others listed on this page than the Anglican Communion as a whole: Anglican Body Number of Adherents Church of England 25,000,000 Church of the Province of Nigeria 15,000,000 Anglican Church of Australia 3,998,444 Church of the Province of Kenya Kanisa la Jimo la Kenya 2,500,000 Protestant Episcopal Church U.
Various census figures of some of these countries vary significantly. Finally, let me make it clear that these definitions are simply working definitions for the purposes of making this list. The languages that these people speak are called as the Indo Aryan language. But some other experts, including Oxford University demographer David Coleman and Columbia University historian Richard W. Cults: Buddhism today is divided into three main sects: Theravada, or Hinayana Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia , Mahayana China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea , and Vajrayana Tibet, Mongolia and Japan. Some of them are also believed to be practicing the Roman Catholics as well as the many other faiths. A percentage of the claimed members will indeed affirm membership in the organization, while at the same time citing another religion as their primary religious preference.
Islam Islam is given the second rank in the list of major religions of the world having more than 1. As stated above, it should be noted that the divisions between many religious bodies are primarily geographical and are not sociologically or religiously significant. They are enumerated in the list above as adherents of those faiths, and not counted among nonreligious, atheists or agnostics because their primary religious identity is not atheism or agnosticism. Their Semitic language and the Muslim religion and culture dominate other minority populations. Narconon's clientele are not counted as Church members unless and until they become Scientologists.
Hence, in this list, which is explicitly statistical and sociological in perspective, Taoism should be thought of as a major branch of Chinese traditional religion. As of 2014, 11% of adults who identify with evangelical denominations are Hispanic, 6% are black, 2% are Asian, and 5% identify with another race or as mixed race. In many practical and cultural ways, the constituent national bodies are more comparable to distinct religious bodies. Many of the figures here are estimates. Archived from on 3 February 2012.