5 of the Major Religions in the World
Christianity is the world’s largest religion and dates back to 30 CE. Its sacred texts are written on the Bible. Roughly more than thirty percent of the world’s populations are Christians comprised of people who belong to thousands of different denominations and faith groups. While still one of the biggest religions, Christianity’s membership is said to be dropping in recent years.
Islam is the second largest religion in the world dating back to 622 CE. It adheres to the sacred texts of the Qur’an and Hadith. About twenty two percent of the people across the globe are said to be followers of Islam with the numbers growing over the years.
Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world with ancient roots dating back to 1500 BCE. Its sacred texts are found on the Bhagavad-Gita, Upanishads, and Rig Veda. Thirteen percent of the world’s population is Hindus spread across different countries like all other major faiths.
Buddhism may not be the fourth largest faith based on membership numbers. But it is one of classical world religions. It dates back to 523 BCE and its scriptures are found on the Tripitaka. About six percent of the world’s population is Buddhists.
Like Buddhism, Judaism is one of the classical faiths often mentioned in history and studies about religions across the globe. Its sacred texts are on the Torah, Tanach, and Talmud. There are around 14.5 million followers of Judaism or roughly less than one percent in the world.