A brief overview


Ranked by Size

1 – 2.1 Billion – Christianity (Roman Catholic 48%, Protestants 20%, Others 14%, Orthodox 12%, Anglicans 6%) – monotheism

2 – 1.5 Billion – Islam (Sunni 83%, Shi’ite 16%, Sufi 1%) – monotheism

3 – 1.1 Billion – Non – Religious (Agnostic, Atheist, Secular etc…)

4 – 900 Million – Hinduism (Vedanta, Shaivism, Vaisnava, Tantric, Sakta, Smartism)

5 – 400 Million – Primal Indigenous/African Traditional (Pantheism, Animism, Shamanism)

6 – 398 Million – Chinese Religions (Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto)

7 – 360 Million – Buddhism (Mahayana, Vajrayana, Theravada, Tibetan, Zen, others)

8 – 23 Million – Sikhism (blend of Islam (Sufism) and Hinduism) – mystical monotheism

9 – 19 Million – Juche (North Korean state run belief system) – communism/dictatorship

10 – 15 Million – Spiritism (Communicating directly with the spirit world)

11 – 14 Million – Judaism – (Orthodox 7%, Reformed 42%, Conservative 38%) – monotheism

12 – 7 Million – Baha’i (offshoot of Islam that teaches oneness) – monotheism

13 – 4 Million – Jainism (Jain Dharma)

14 – 2 Million – Unitarianism, New Thought, New Age

Organized by creation date

200,000 BC – Non-Religious – homo-sapiens throughout the world

100,000 BC – Primal Indigenous – tribes throughout the world

1850 BC – Monotheism – Abraham receives divine revelations which create the groundwork for the Abrahamic Faiths – a belief in one true God (Judaism, Christianity, Islam)

1750 BC – Chinese/Japanese Indigenous Beliefs – (Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto)

1400 BC – Judaism – Moses receives the Torah, Ark of the Covenant on Mount Sinai and begins to Exodus of the Jewish people to Israel.

1400 BC – Hinduism Vedic Texts define Gods, Karma, Caste, Samsara, Moksha

588 BC – Buddhism – Guatama Buddha a Hindu attained enlightenment and began teaching

527 BC – Jainism – Shraman Dharma of self-reliance – Parshvanath, Mahavir teaches Nirvana, rejects Hindu caste system.

31 AD – Christianity – Jesus is crucified by the Romans and his followers begin teach in his name.

626 AD – Islam – Mohammed experiences divine revelations about Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and begins teaching.

1500 AD – Sikhism – Guru Nanak experiences divine revelation in response to Islam, Hinduism, begins a path in between.

1779 AD – Unitarianism – Universalist Church of America is inclusive of all faiths

1857 AD – Spiritism – people start connecting to spirits and talk openly about it

1867 AD – Baha’I – Baha’u’llah receives divine revelation from God in response to Islam and teaches oneness

1955 AD – Juche – Kim Il Sung – North Korean state run belief system

Dieties and Books for each belief 

Christianity – God/Jesus Christ/Holy Ghost – Bible – Old and New Testaments

Islam – Allah – Qur’an/Koran as recited by Archangel Gabriel to Muhammad

Non-Religious – Your own mind – Science, philosophy, biology, mathematics, etc…

Hinduism – Brahma/Vishnu/Shiva + aspects of Brahman – Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas

Primal Indigenous/African Traditional – Spirit is in everything  – Verbal

Taoism – Inner balance of nature yin (feminine) & yang (masculine) – I-Ching, Tao Te Ching

Buddhism – You are your own creator, no god – no fear – Pali Canon – Sutras

Sikhism – Guru Nanak – truth – Hindu Holy men, Sufi’s, Guru’s – Guru Granth

Juche – Kim Il-Sung/Kim Jong Il – Pictures of Kim hang on walls

Spiritism – Communicate directly with spirits, differing opinions on the concept of God

Judaism – God/YHWH/Yahweh – Torah, first five books of the Bible and the Talmud

Baha’I Faith – God/Oneness/Baha’u’llah – The writings of Baha’u’llah and Ba’ab

Jainism – The bliss in your soul liberates you to achieve Nirvana – Sutras

Unitarianism, New Thought, New Age – Open to all beliefs, Gods, concepts and books

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