Top 10 Organized Religions, etc

From “popurls”: comes a web site to satisfy the curious (or the procrastinating): “thelistuniverse”: Here is sample: “Top 10 Organized Religions and their Core Beliefs”:

1. Christianity [ Abrahamic, 27 AD] 2.1 billion adherents
2. Islam [ Abrahamic, 610 AD] 1.3 billion adherents
3. Hinduism [ Dharmic, 1500 BC] 1 billion adherents
4. Buddhism [ Dharmic, 600 BC] 376 million adherents
5. Sikhism [ Dharmic, 1469 AD] 23 million adherents
6. Judaism [ Abrahamic, 1300 BC] 14 million adherents
7. Baha’i Faith [ Abrahamic, 1900 AD] 7 million adherents
8. Confucianism [ Taoic, 600 BC] 6.4 million adherents
9. Jainism [ Dharmic, 600 BC] 4.2 million adherents
10. Shinto [ Taoic, 300 BC] 4 million adherents

I didn’t think Sikhism beat out Judaism, and I was surprised to see Shinto on a top 10 list. Check out “the full list”: to get the full skinny on each of the faiths. Other lists you might want to check out:

* “Top 10 Common Misconceptions”:
* “Top 25 Winston Churchill Quotes”:
* “Top 10 Common Historical Myths”:
* “Top 10 differences between Europe and America”:
* “Top 8 Levels of Scientology”:

About Younghusband

Sir Francis Edward Younghusband (1863-1942) was a British explorer, army officer, military-political officer, and foreign correspondent born in India who led expeditions into Manchuria, Kashgar, and Tibet. He three times tried and failed to scale Mt. Everest and journeyed from China to India, crossing the Gobi desert and the Mustagh Pass (alt. c.19,000 ft/5,791 m) of the Karakoram mountain range in modern day Pakistan. Convinced of Russian designs on British interests in India, Younghusband proactively engaged in the nineteenth century spying and conflict over Central Asia between the British and the Russians known as the Great Game. "Younghusband" is a Canadian who has spent a number of years bouncing back and forth between his home country and Japan. Fluent in Japanese and English with experience in numerous other languages from Spanish to Georgian, Younghusband has travelled throughout Asia. He graduated with an MA from the War Studies Department at the Royal Military College of Canada, where he focussed on the Japanese oil industry and energy security issues. He has recently returned to Canada from Japan, and is working in the technology sector.
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15 Responses to Top 10 Organized Religions, etc

  1. Curzon says:

    Shinto with 4 million adherents? That’s sort of nonsense. And on what basis is it a Taoic religion? And what is up with those numbers for Confucianism? Does it even belong on here?

  2. subadei says:

    “Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.” Hah. One of Churchill’s finest.

    I’m a bit disappointed by the whole statue of Rhodes myth.

  3. Aceface says:

    Got a agree with Curzon here.Shinto is animism.

  4. tomojiro says:

    How far is comparison of “religion” plausible if the concept of “religion” was invented in the west based on their history (conflicts between catholism and Protestantism? ).

    How far is it plausible when the concept of “religion” was born out from this conflict and basically became a projection of “Protestantism?( a “cult” based on individual faith but not in ritual or accepting the intermediate role of the “church”).

    As many historians and religious scholar argue in current Japan. Shinto is rather a modern invention, accompanying modernization.

  5. Curzon says:

    Yeah, a ditto to Tomojiro. And hey, “Environmentalism” would be well added to this list.

  6. dave says:

    It is amazing how consolidated the religious marketplace is. I know there are innumerable small religions, but the big 4 so dominate in market share it’s like the car industry.

    Of course, Christianity has many brands to appeal to all different market segments (as do the others).

    I am fascinated to see if Environmentalism really becomes more of a religion. Right now it is mainly a veneer of Nature worship covering the secular remains of Protestantism. Not much in the way of ritual (except the state mandated recycling!).

    Environmentalism clearly is a passion arousing ideology (and political ideology and religion clearly use the same mental machinery in humans.) but … well, maybe it is a religion.

    I do imagine John Calvin would admire Environmentalism’s complete contempt for humanity. The eviros do have the self-loathing hatred of the flesh common to many religions.

  7. Younghusband says:

    The data is based on self-identification from recent censuses, polls, surveys, yearbooks, reports, Web sites, literature, and other data. I am sure if you dug deep enough you could find some holes in their methodology, but most wide scope statistical data like this needs holes.

    Apparently some “religions” were not used in the research. Here is a list of “major primary-identity sub-cultures and movements which function in the same sociological niche as religions, but which are not usually classified as religions.”: Environmentalists and bikers make that list.

  8. Religions follow a power law distribution.

  9. Adrian says:

    I noticed that too – the long tail of religions, with thousands of cults with dozens of adherents at the end of it.

  10. Ken says:

    Curzon pretty much said what I was thinking at the beginning. 376 million Buddhists seems off too…

  11. shane says:

    What if you were to add “atheists” to the mix?

  12. Younghusband says:

    I think “agnostics” would be a bigger community personally.

  13. R says:

    Where is Mormonism? Clearly it is not Christian and its adherents number approximately 12 million. It is one of the fastest growing religions in the world.

  14. What are the top ten DISorganized religions?

    Church of Bob? Others?