Major World Religions

 

Source: Center for the Study of Global Christianity, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2010.

According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2010, the major world religions are:

Christian

2,292,454,000

Roman Catholics

1,155,627,000

Protestants

419,316,000

Independents*

369,156,000

Orthodox

274,447,000

Anglicans

86,782,000

Marginal Christians

34.912,000

Muslims**

1,549,444,000

Hindus

948,507,000

Nonreligious (agnostic)

639,852,000

Buddhists

468,736,000

Chinese folk religion

458,316,000

Ethnoreligionist

261,429,000

Atheists

138,532,000

Neoreligionist

64,443,000

Sikhs

24,591,000

Jews

14,641,000

*This term denotes members of Christian churches and networks that regard themselves as post-denominationalist and neo-apostolic and thus independent of historic, mainstream, organized, institutionalized, confessional, denominationalist Christianity.

** The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reported in October 2009 that the Muslim population now comprises about 1.57 billion adherents.

- Source: The World Almanac and Book of Facts, 2011.

According to the World Almanac and Book of Facts in 2011, the major world religions are:

Christian

2,264,492,000

Roman Catholics

1,142,604,000

Protestants

412,969,000

Independents*

361,279,000

Orthodox

273,355,000

Anglicans

85,360,000

Muslims

1,523,212,150

Hindus

935,460,000

Nonreligious (agnostic)*

639,852,000

Buddhists

483,821,000

Atheists*

138,532,000

Chinese folk religionists

454,579,800

Sikhs

24,222,700

Jews

14,549,000

*This term denotes members of Christian churches and networks that regard themselves as post-denominationalist and neo-apostolic and thus independent of historic, mainstream, organized, institutionalized, confessional, denominationalist Christianity. The world’s population is estimated at 6.985 billion people. The number of agnostic and atheist believers is estimated by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2010.

 

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