Major Religions of the World

General Information

(This information is from 1999)

ReligionNorth AmericaWorld
Christians 258,770,000 (84.2%) 1,974,181,000 (33.3%)
--Roman Catholics 70,652,000 (23.0%) 1,044,236,000 (17.4%)
--Protestant 69,523,000 (22.6%) 337,346,000 ( 5.7%)
--Orthodox 6,275,000 ( 2.1%) 213,991,000 ( 3.5%)
--Anglican 3,259,000 ( 1.1%) 78,574,000 ( 1.3%)
--Other Christians 109,061,000 (35.5%) 300,034,000 ( 5.0%)
Muslims 4,389,000 ( 1.3%) 1,155,109,000 (19.4%)
Nonreligious 28,201,000 ( 9.3%) 762,640,000 (12.6%)
Hindus 1,308,000 ( 0.4%) 799,028,000 (13.3%)
Buddhists 2,637,000 ( 0.9%) 356,270,000 ( 6.0%)
Atheists 1,628,000 ( 0.5%) 762,640,000 ( 12.6%)
Chinese Folk Religionists 844,000 ( 0.3%) 381,632,000 ( 6.3%)
New-Religionists 813,000 ( 0.3%) 101,406,000 ( 1.7%)
Tribal-Religionists 41,000 ( 0.0%) 99,736,000 ( 1.7%)
Sikhs 514,000 ( 0.2%) 22,837,000 ( 0.3%)
Jews 6,015,000 ( 2.0%) 14,313,000 ( 0.2%)
Shamanists 1,000 ( 0.0%) 10,854,000 ( 0.2%)
Confucians 26,000 ( 0.0%) 6,253,000 ( 0.1%)
Baha'is 770,000 ( 0.2%) 6,932,000 ( 0.1%)
Jains 7,000 ( 0.0%) 4,151,000 ( 0.1%)
Shintoists 56,000 ( 0.0%) 2,778,000 ( 0.0%)
Mandeans 0 ( 0.0%) 38,000 ( 0.0%)
Spiritists 149,000 ( 0.0%) 12,184,000 ( 0.2%)
Zoroastrians 76,000 ( 0.0%) 2,486,000 ( 0.0%)
Ethnic Religionists 434,000 ( 0.1%) 225.421,000 ( 3.6%)
Other Religions 591,000 ( 0.2%) 1,019,000 ( 0.0%)
Totals 307,270,000 (100.0%) 5,939,268,000 (100.0%)
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Buddhists are about 56% Mahayana, 38% Theravada (or Hinayana), and 6% Tantrayana (or Lamaism). Chinese folk religionists follow a combination of Confucian, Taoist, Buddhist, universalist, and local deities. The Confucianist listing is non-Chinese followers of Confucianism. Hindus are about 70% Vaishnavites, 25% Shaivites, 2% neo-Hindus and reformed Hindus, 3% other. Muslims are about 83% Sunni, 16% Shia, and 1% other Schools. The Atheists listed here are described as being opposed to all religions.


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