Top Religions of the World


S/No

Religion

 

Description

Population

%

1.

Atheism

Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities Atheists are people who believe that god or gods are man-made constructs

65 Million

9.66% of the world population

2.

Bahá’í

The Bahá’í Faith is a diverse and widespread religion founded by Bahá’u’lláh in the 19th century in Iran. One of the youngest of the world’s major religions. A faith focused on building a just, peaceful and sustainable world—one neighborhood at a time

5.0 Million

 

3.

Buddhism

Buddhism is a religion indigenous to the Indian subcontinent that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices. A way of living based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama.

400 Million

6% of the world’s population

4.

Candomblé

 

A religion based on African beliefs, originating in Brazil. It is a syncretic religion, meaning that it is a combination of various beliefs.

 

 

5.

Christianity

The world’s biggest faith, based on the teaching of Jesus Christ. Christianity (from the Ancient Greek translation Χριστός, Christos of the Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ, Mašía, meaning “the anointed one”

2.2 Billion

25 to 33 percent of Earth’s population

6.

Hinduism

 

A group of faiths rooted in the religious ideas of India. Hinduism embraces a great diversity of beliefs, philosophy, gods, symbols, ritual and more.

950 million followers

14% of the world’s population

7.

Islam

Islam is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur’an, a book considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God. Revealed in its final form by the Prophet Muhammad in Arabia in the 7th century AD.

1.62 billion followers

23% of the world population

8.

Jainism

An ancient philosophy and ethical teaching that originated in India. Emphasizes complete non-violence and asceticism. It began in the sixth century BC, the same time Buddhism was developing

6.1 million followers

0.09% of the world population

9.

Jehovah’s Witnesses

Jehovah’s Witnesses is a millenarian restorationist Christian denomination with Non-Trinitarian beliefs distinct from mainstream Christianity. They are known for their potent evangelism

6 million followers

.088 % of the world’s population

10.

Judaism

 

The religion of the Israelites of the Bible and of the Jews of today, based on the teachings of the Torah. Based around the Jewish people’s covenant relationship with God.

14 million Jews

0.19% of the world’s population

11.

Mormonism

Mormons are a religious and cultural group related to Mormonism, the principal branch of the Latter Day Saint movement of Restorationist Christianity.

14 million

0.19% of the world’s population

12.

Paganism

 

Paganism represents a wide variety of traditions that emphasize reverence for nature and a revival of ancient polytheistic and animistic religious practices

 

.007% of the population

13.

Rastafari

The Rastafari movement is an African-based spiritual ideology that arose in the 1930s in Jamaica. It is an Abrahamic new religious movement that accepts Haile Selassie I.

2.8 million

 

14.

Santeria

 

Afro-Caribbean syncretic religion originating in Cuba. Santeria (Santería in Spanish, meaning “Way of the Saints”) is a set of related religious systems that fuse Roman Catholic beliefs with traditional Yorùbá beliefs.

 

 

15.

Shinto

Japanese folk tradition and ritual with no founder or single sacred scripture. Shinto is the indigenous spirituality of Japan and the people of Japan and soon became a reason for Japanese.

4.0 Million

3.3% of the Japanese people

16.

Sikhism

The religion founded in Northern India in the 15th Century CE, with the life and teachings of Guru Nanak and nine successive human gurus. A monotheistic religion that rejects caste distinctions, idolatry etc. “Sikh” means disciple, student, or (śika)

23 Million in the world

4% of World Population

17. Spiritualism

Spiritualists believe in communication with the spirits of people who have died. Spiritualism is the belief that the spirits of the dead can be contacted by mediums.

 

 

18.

Taoism

Taoism, also known as Daoism, is an indigenous Chinese religion often associated with the Daode jing (Tao Te Ching) It is an ancient tradition of philosophy and belief rooted in Chinese worldview

6.12 Million

0.09%

19.

Unitarianism

Unitarianism is the belief that God exists in one person, not three. It is a denial of the doctrine of the Trinity as well as the full divinity of Jesus.

0.22 Million

 

20.

Zoroastrianism

One of the oldest monotheistic faiths, founded by the Prophet Zoroaster. The ancient pre-Islamic religion of Iran that survives there in isolated areas and, more prosperously in India. Zoroastrianism has a history dating from 600 BC to perhaps more than 1000 BC.

0.25 Million

 

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