2 The 5 major world Religions ChristianityIslamHinduismBuddhismJudaismOther world religions:Baha‘iConfucianismJainismShintoSikhismTaoismZoroastrianism
3 Top Ten Organized Religions of the World Statistics of the world's religions are only very rough approximations.Aside from Christianity, few religions, if any, attempt to keep statistical records; and even Protestants and Catholics employ different methods of counting members.Christianity 2.1 billion 33.0%Islam 1.5 billion 21%Hinduism 900 million14%Buddhism 376 million 6%Sikhism 23 million 0.36%Judaism 14 million 0.22%Bahaism 7 million 0.1%Confucianism 6.3 million 0.1%Jainism 4.2 million 0.1%Shintoism 4 million 0.0%
4 Christianity Founder How many gods? Holy writings Beliefs Types Where Jesus Christ, who was crucified around A.D. 30 in Jerusalem.How many gods?OneHoly writingsThe BibleBeliefsJesus taught love of God and neighbor and a concern for justice.TypesIn 1054 Christians separated into the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. In the early 1500s the major Protestant groups (Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Episcopalian) came into being. A variety of other groups have since developed.WhereThrough its mission work, Christianity has spread to most parts of the globe.
5 Islam Founder How many gods? Holy writings Beliefs Types Where Muhammad, who was born in A.D. 570 at Mecca, in Saudi Arabia.How many gods?One, AllahHoly writingsThe Koran (Qu’ran)BeliefsThe Five Pillars, or main duties, are: profession of faith; prayer 5 times a day; charitable giving; fasting during the month of Ramadan; and pilgrimage to Mecca at least once.TypesAlmost 90% of Muslims are Sunnis. Shiites are the second-largest group. The Shiites split from the Sunnis in 632 when Muhammad died.WhereIslam is the main religion of the Middle East, Asia, and the north of Africa.
6 Hinduism Founder How many gods? Holy writings Beliefs Types Where Hinduism has no founder. The oldest religion, it may date to prehistoric times.How many gods?Many (all gods and goddesses are considered different forms of one Supreme Being.)Holy writingsThe most ancient are the four Vedas.BeliefsReincarnation states that all living things are caught in a cycle of death and rebirth. Life is ruled by the laws of karma, in which rebirth depends on moral behaviorTypesNo single belief system unites Hindus. A Hindu can believe in only one god, in many, or in none.WhereHinduism is practiced by more than 80% of India's population.
7 Buddhism Founder How many gods? Holy writings Beliefs Types Where Siddhartha Gautama, called the Buddha, in the 4th or 5th century B.C. in India.How many gods?None, but there are enlightened beings (Buddhas)Holy writingsThe most important are the Tripitaka, the Mahayana Sutras, Tantra, and Zen textsBeliefsThe Four Noble Truths: (1) all beings suffer; (2) desire—for possessions, power, and so on—causes suffering; (3) desire can be overcome; and (4) the path that leads away from desire is the Eightfold Path (the Middle Way).TypesTheravada (Way of the Elders) and Mahayana (Greater Vehicle) are the two main types.WhereBuddhism is the main religion in many Asian countries.
8 Judaism Founder How many gods? Holy writings Beliefs Types Where The Hebrew leader Abraham founded Judaism around 2000 B.C. Moses gave the Jews the Torah around 1250 B.C.How many gods?OneHoly writingsThe most important are the Torah, or the first five books of Moses. Others include Judaism's oral tradition, the written form of which is known as the Talmud.BeliefsJews believe in the laws of God and the words of the prophets. In Judaism, however, actions are more important than beliefs.TypesThe three main types are Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform. Conservative Jews follow most traditional practices, but less strictly than the Orthodox. Reform Jews are the least traditional.WhereThere are large Jewish populations in Israel and the U.S.
9 Other ReligionsBaha‘i: a religion founded in Iran in 1863 by Husayn عAlī (called Bahaullah) teaching the essential worth of all religions, the unity of all races, and the equality of the sexes.Confucianism: the system of ethics, education, and statesmanship taught by Confucius, a Chinese philosopher and his disciples, stressing love for humanity, ancestor worship, reverence for parents, and harmony in thought and conduct.Jainism: a dualistic religion founded in the 6th century b.c. as a revolt against current Hinduism and emphasizing the perfectibility of human nature and liberation of the soul, esp. through asceticism and nonviolence toward all living creatures.Shinto: the native religion of Japan, primarily a system of nature and ancestor worship.
10 Other Religions (cont.) Sikhism: a monotheistic religion, founded in the Punjab c1500 by the guru Nanak, that refuses to recognize the Hindu caste system or the Brahmanical priesthood and forbids magic, idolatry, and pilgrimages.Taoism: the philosophical system evolved by Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu, advocating a life of complete simplicity and naturalness and of noninterference with the course of natural events, in order to attain a happy existence in harmony with the Tao.Zoroastrianism: an Iranian religion, founded c600b.c.by Zoroaster, the principal beliefs of which are in the existence of a supreme deity, Ahura Mazda, and in a cosmic struggle between a spirit of good, Spenta Mainyu, and a spirit of evil, Angra Mainyu. Pre-Islam