Saturday, June 9, 2007

Religions of the World

Here's some interesting information from the New York Times World Almanac regarding the four major religions of the world. There's information on other religions, too: Shintoism, Taoism, Sikhism. I just don 't want this blog post to go on forever, so I limited it to the top four.

Christianity is the most populous and widespread religion in the world with almost 2 billion adherents in 260 countries. The largest group is in Europe, 555 million representing 76 percent of the region's population. There are more Christians in Africa (360 million) and Asia (303 million) than in North America (255 million). Christianity has three major branches: Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, and Protestantism.

Islam: With 1.3 billion adherents in 184 countries, Islam is the second largest religion in the world. It is the dominant religion throughout the Mid-East, North Africa, Central Asia, and Indonesia, the country with the largest number of adherents. There are 104 million Muslims in India, 11% of that country's population.

Hinduism: The oldest continually practiced religion in the world, originally dating to the second millennium BC. Hinduism is rooted in the belief that individuals should connect themselves with the spiritual source of the universe. It has an estimated 793 million adherents worldwide. Lacking a missionary tradition, it is found almost nowhere outside India and neighboring countries.

Buddhism: Established by the followers of Siddhartha Gautama (563 - 483BC), who was born in modern Nepal. Buddhists believe Nirvana can be achieved by adhering to the Eightfold Path, consisting of right belief, thought, speech, action, livelihood, effort, mindfulness, and concentration. There are an estimated 350 million people in 92 countries who adhere to Buddhist beliefs.

1 comment:

daniel said...

hehe,

i don't just like your boys. i also like all this knowledges post you provide too.

keep it up!

;o)
cheers bro,
danielhenry