A religion is defined as a system of faith or worship. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. Despite the popularity of its great classics the I Ching and the Tao Te Ching, the specific practices of Taoism have not been promulgated in America with much success;[60] these religions are not ubiquitous worldwide in the way that adherents of bigger world religions are, and they remain primarily an ethnic religion. World Religions These figures are taken from the CIA World Factbook, a public data source which we also use for our Country Profiles. These two religions together cover the religious affiliation of more than half of the world's population. Chinese traditional religion is described as "the common religion of the majority Chinese culture: a combination of. The world's largest religion is Christianity, which is … 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. Followers of Judaism are seen mainly in Israel, United States, and Canada. According to the WIN/Gallup International Poll, the most cited study on religious involvement worldwide, there are many countries worldwide where at least 90% of residents identify as being religious. FOUNDED : Christianity began about 2000 years ago in what is now Israel. Mahwah, NJ: PRIMEDIA Reference Inc. (1999). Irreligious includes agnostic, atheist, secular believer, and people having no formal religious adherence. Christians: 2,100,000,000 adherents - tending to decline in terms of global percentage Around the year 2000 BC according to the aficionados there was always a presence of supernatural power around the trademark world of Japanese religion. The faith can trace its roots all the way back to prehistory. World Almanac and Book of Facts 2000. Field values are determined through extensive research and are verified for consistency of definition and interpretation, and are implemented consistently on a worldwide basis. Other religions include Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. Ranking third in the poll is Estonia, where just 16% of the population feel religious. In the Maldives, Mauritania, and Saudi Arabia, 100% of inhabitants practice Islam. Countries with the greatest proportion of Sikhs: The Sikh homeland is the Punjab state, in India, where today Sikhs make up approximately 61% of the population. Below is each religion's total world population: Christianity - 2.38 billion; Islam - 1.91 billion; Hinduism - 1.16 billion; Buddhism - 507 million; Folk Religions - 430 million; Other - 61 million; Unaffiliated - 1.19 billion; Christianity. It does not necessarily mean that members of this group don't belong to any religion. Some religions have harmonized with local cultures and can be seen as a cultural background rather than a formal religion. Among Protestants there are over 20,000 denominations. Remarks: Ranked by mean estimate which is in brackets. To put this in perspective, consider the map, below, showing the distribution of adherents to all the major world religions. (Because this map is so large, you will be able to view it in its own window. A religious person believes in a higher power, such as a God or gods. About 507 million people practice Buddhism worldwide. In other nations, at least 93% of the population is Christian. Points: 19. Nonreligious includes agnostic, atheist, secular humanist, and people answering 'none' or no religious preference. Countries with the greatest proportion of Jews (as of 2017[update]): Largest Christian populations (as of 2011[update]): Largest Hindu populations (as of 2020):[100]. This is mostly seen in nations including Estonia, the Czech Republic, and Japan, where over three-quarters of the population is irreligious. Although it may seem like the world is becoming less and less religious with every passing generation in the era of globalization, statistics reveal that this may actually not at all be the case. Due to the syncretic nature of these religions, the following numbers may not reflect the actual number of practitioners. Islam (24.1%) Unaffiliated (16%) Hinduism (15.1%) Buddhism (6.9%) Folk religions (5.7%) Other religions (0.8%) Sikhism (0.29%) Judaism (0.18%) The world 's principal religions and spiritual traditions may be classified into a small number of major groups, though this is not a uniform practice. Christianity is divided into Eastern and Western theology, and within those divisions, six branches; Catholicism, Protestantism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Anglicanism, Oriental Orthodoxy, and Assyrians. Coming up just short of number one but still near the front of the pack is Bahá’í. China has the largest Buddhist population of 244 million, followed by Thailand with 64.4 million and Japan with 45.8 million. In our list below, we provide an overview of the c… But they can be found in many international cities and have become an especially strong religious presence in the United Kingdom and Canada.[91]. Note that all these estimates come from a single source. This religion mainly focuses on the customs practices and teaches that everything should we can completely steady and needs to be built on an a… Major Religions of the World Ranked by Number of Adherents. This is a list of religious populations by number of adherents and countries. However, this source gives a relative indication of the size of the Spiritist communities within each country. The corresponding growth rate for Islam is 1.84%, making it the religion with the highest growth rate over the period. World Religions Ranking (1800-2100) In 2100 Islam is 1st Religions . Taoists/Confucianists/Chinese traditional religionists, These figures may incorporate populations of. Statistics of the world's religions are only very rough approximations. Couldn’t quite… Countries and territories with the greatest proportion of Christians from Christianity by country (as of 2010[update]): Countries with the greatest proportion of Muslims from Islam by country (as of 2010[update]) (figures excluding foreign workers in parenthesis): Data is based on the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life [24], Countries with the greatest proportion of people without religion (including agnostics and atheists) from Irreligion by country (as of 2020[update]):[36]. Countries with the greatest proportion of Hindus from Hinduism by country (as of 2010[update]): Countries with the greatest proportion of Buddhists from Buddhism by country (as of 2010[update]):[59], As a spiritual practice, Taoism has made fewer inroads in the West than Buddhism and Hinduism. Christianityis the largest religion in the world with 2.4 billion followers in total. Meanwhile, the United States, with freedom to practice religion guaranteed in its Constitution, ranks No. [Source: 1999 Encyc. Even within the totalitarian regime of North Korea, it has been estimated that some 16 % of the population continue to subscribe to the Muism belief system. The early years of Judaism’s origin can be traced back to 3000 years ago during the Bronze Age when it was the primary religion of people situated in the place known as the Middle East in the modern times. 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The World Religion Database has extensive data on the world’s 234 countries and 22 United Nations regions. The three Ph.D. programs in religious studies offered by Brown are Asian religious traditions, religion and… In Vatican City and the Pitcairn Islands, 100% of the population is Christian. Muism (which is also known as Sinism, Shingyo, or Korean shamanism) is a religion closely tied to traditional Korean culture and history. Hinduism is considered dharma, or way of life. 100 universities feature in this brand new ranking, spread across 23 … Below is each religion's total world population: The world's largest religion is Christianity, which is practiced by almost 2.4 billion people. Those nations are: Islam is the world's second-largest religion. Presently Pope Benedict XVI is the Bishop of the Rome and the office holder. This is one of the three Abrahamic religions, and it is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. Buddhists have unique traditions, values, and beliefs, such as reincarnation. Nonetheless, Taoist ideas and symbols such as Taijitu have become popular throughout the world through Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong, and various martial arts. Note: the window can be increased or decreased in size to allow viewing the map in full resolution.) This is most frequently seen in these nations: Ethic and indigenous religions are practiced in many countries. Britannica Book of the Year]; p. 695. The countries can be further defined by 1,800 major cities and 3,000 provinces. This is the only place where Sikhs are in the majority. In Guinea-Bissau and Haiti, an estimated 50% of the population follows one of these religions. There are several denominations within the Christian beliefs where Catholicism, Protestantism, and Orthodox are the three main branches. In recent years, Muism has experienced a resurgence within South Korea. People that practice Islam are known as Muslims. 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