In our World there are more than 7 billion people, each of which has different thoughts, feelings, faith. Therefore, the world has a fairly large number of religions, in this regard, people choose different religions, most of them have faith in God, but some people do not believe in it.
When we think about the word “religion”, some thoughts appear in our minds, like some kind of gesture, as a belief, a vision of humanity in the whole World and the system of worship to different religious cultures. Interestingly, according to various studies and the Guinness Book of Records, Islam is the fastest growing religion of the world because of the large number of appeals to Islam every year.
That is why, here we have collected the most popular religions in the world for 2016.
Judaism is one of the oldest religions of the world, which was founded about 3,500 years ago in Canaan (now, this is Israel), in the Middle East and Egypt. It is estimated that Judaism has about 14.5 million followers around the world. Judaism is also mentioned in the Holy Book “The Bible”: Abraham, who gave birth to the family and Moses, who freed Jewish prisoners from Egypt – the founders of this faith, therefore, this is the oldest monotheistic religion in the world.
Sikhism is one of the most popular religions of the world, which appeared in the region of South Asia – Punjab about 500 years ago in the 15th century. The beliefs of Sikhism are described in the sacred scripture of Guru Granth Sahib and is called the youngest religion of the world. Guru Nanak – the founder of this religious culture – now rests in the Pakistan region – Nankana-Sahib. By estimation, there are 25 to 28 million followers of this religion worldwide, and in Punjab in India about 90 million Sikhs follow the teachings of Guru Nanak and the ten successive gurus.
Religion Anglicanism is included in the Church of England and all other churches that are traditionally attached to it or profess similar worship services and church structure. Thus, Anglicanism is based on Christianity and their sacred book – the Bible, as well as the Anglican dogma – is based on the scriptures, the traditions of the Apostolic Church, the historical episcopate, the first four Ecumenical Councils and the teachings of the early Fathers of the Church. This religion is held by about 85.5 million people around the world, which also gives it the right to be on our list.
Atheism in the true sense is the faith of people who have no belief. In a broader sense, this religion consists in rejecting the belief in the existence of gods, spirits, the afterlife, otherworldly forces, etc. Atheism is based on the belief of the self-sufficiency of the natural world and not in the supernatural origin of all religions.
According to statistics, this religion grows every year. About the emergence of Atheism, as its homeland, we can talk about America, however, in 2015, more than 61% of followers of this religion from China. For the first time, this religion was recognized in the 16th century in France and today has more than 150 million followers around the world.
Buddhism is another historical religion of the world, founded about 2500 years ago in India, whose followers are based on the teachings of the Buddha. Initially, Buddhism spread throughout Asia, but a few years after the arrival of Islam, most of it spread only in India.
According to reports, about 7% of the world’s population profess Buddhism, and this is more than 500 million followers, including most in Burma, Japan, China and Sri Lanka. The founder of Buddhism is Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) and his teachings.
Agnosticism is a special religion, because its true beliefs are philosophical. Followers of Agnosticism are constantly in search of an answer to the question: “Is God a divine or supernatural being?”. That is why, this is the religion of philosophers. Her followers are always in search of God, and the roots of this religion go back to the past – around the 5th century. BC, so now there are about 640 million religious philosophers around the world.
Another of the most ancient religions of the world is Hinduism. According to history, this religion has no beginning, and it exists mainly in India and Nepal. The basic for Hinduism can be called such religious positions as karma, dharma, samsara, maya, moksha and yoga. Worldwide there are about 1 billion followers of Hinduism, most of them in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Malaysia, which is 15% of the world’s population.
Catholicism is also one of the most popular and largest religions in the world, characterized by organizational centralization and the largest number of adherents among Christian churches. The head of the Catholic Church is the Pope, who heads the Holy See and the Vatican City State in Rome. Catholicism is a rather old religion, therefore there are a large number of followers of this religion throughout the world – 1.2 billion Catholics.
Christianity is the largest monotheistic religion of the world, based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. It has more than 2.4 billion followers around the world who call themselves Christians. According to Christianity, Jesus Christ is the son of God, and also the Savior of all mankind. The Holy Scripture of Christianity is the Bible, but in spite of this, Christianity is the most ancient religion of the world, followed by many countries – Europe, North America and Oceania, and it quickly spread across India, Syria, Ethiopia and even Asia, thereby rapidly decreasing Hinduism .
Islam is the world’s second largest religion, and, according to the Guinness World Records Book, Islam is the most dynamically developing religion of the world. Islam was founded about 1,500 years ago, and Muslims around the world follow the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, called the Sunnah, and the Holy Book is the Koran.
According to statistics, about 23% of the total population of the globe profess Islam, and this is approximately 1.7 billion people. Muslims believe that God is one, and Muhammad is the last prophet of Allah (God). Most Muslims are concentrated in Indonesia, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and 20% in the Middle East, Europe, Russia, America and China. Despite this, Islam has small communities in every country in the world. It can be safely said that Islam is the most popular religion of the early 21st century.
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