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RELIGIILE LUMII (STATISTICI)
Sizes shown are approximate estimates , and are here mainly for the purpose of ordering the groups, not providing a definitive number.
This list is sociological/statistical in perspective:
Christianity : 2.1 billion
Islam : 1.3 billion
Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist : 1.1 billion
Hinduism : 900 million
Chinese traditional religion : 394 million
Buddhism : 376 million
primal-indigenous : 300 million
African Traditional & Diasporic : 100 million
Sikhism : 23 million
Juche : 19 million
Spiritism : 15 million
Judaism : 14 million
Baha'i : 7 million
Jainism : 4.2 million
Shinto : 4 million
Cao Dai : 4 million
Zoroastrianism : 2.6 million
Tenrikyo : 2 million
Neo-Paganism : 1 million
Unitarian-Universalism : 800 thousand
Rastafarianism : 600 thousand
Scientology : 500 thousand
Statistical Database of the World Religions
First, the citations available here refer to the size and location of faith groups (number of adherents, meeting units, and countries). Adherents.com is not intended to be a source of any other information. Various search engines and link lists may be useful in learning more about faith groups.
Adherents.com recognizes that different sources may provide slightly different or even contradictory information . Our goal is to impose no interpretation, filtering or distillation on the citations and data sources we encounter. We provide all statistics we find, listing them side by side so that researchers can draw their own conclusions, assisted by the quotes, survey parameters and/or bibliographical references provided here, or by referring to the original sources.
Adherent statistics are usually not precisely comparable . For instance, "50% Catholic" in a European country may mean something quite different from "50% Muslim" in an African country. These citations of adherent statistics are presented here in a uniform format for the sake of simplicity; this is not meant to imply that data from different sources and citations are directly comparable. Wherever possible the supporting material makes it clear whether statistics are from surveys, census data, organizational reporting, or other sources. Knowledge of the source of the statistics, as well as further knowledge of the particulars of a cultural, religious or regional group are necessary for an adequate understanding of the sociological implication of this type of data.
Furthermore, although this listing is the largest of its kind, it is not exhaustive . There are faith groups, churches and philosophies which are NOT listed here, especially smaller groups outside the U.S. Broad philosophies and movements not defined by organized religious bodies are, of course, more difficult to obtain statistics for. Some sociologists define religion as a belief system shared by a group of individuals. The database has thousands of broad classifications, religions, branches, individual churches, etc., and most people fit under multiple labels, but no individual can be completely categorized by any of these labels.
If the main database includes a total number of adherents in the world, the highest recent number (but not necessarily the most accurate one) is shown in the index.