A very good morning, dear readers. Today, I’m starting a brand new series called: Understanding Religions in the World. My name is Clark, and growing up I have always been fascinated with the various religions on Earth and their beliefs, pseudo-religions and secret societies. Here on this page my goal is to give you a brief introduction to this series, so please don’t expect an in-depth look into each religion today. That will come later.
What are the Major Religions?
There are many religions practiced in the world today, but only a few is well-known globally. Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism and Zoroastrianism are the most prominent religions that still exist, and some of them I have never heard of before today. And there are many other less well-known religions.
The oldest major religion is said to be Hinduism, which may have been founded in prehistoric times, followed by Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and Islam. Islam is a rather young religion founded between A.D. 610 and A.D. 632, about 1400 years ago.
However, the “largest” religion is Christianity with slightly above 2 billion followers. Next is Islam (1-1.5 billion followers), Hinduism (0.8-1.0 billion followers), Buddhism (300-400 million followers), Sikhism (20-30 million followers) and Judaism (10-20 million followers). Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism are often referred to as the “Big Five” (There’s a “Big Five” for everything nowadays). In the following chapters, I am going to be looking into these major religions one by one, plus others as well.
Of Pseudo-religions, Atheism and Secret Societies
Pseudo-religion is a non-mainstream belief system or philosophy which is functionally similar to a religion, typically having a founder, principal text, liturgy and faith-based beliefs. Theosophy, Christian Science, the Nation of Islam, various New Age religions and Nazism have all been referred to as pseudo-religions.
Atheism is either an absence of belief in the existence of deities, or a rejection of the belief that any deities exist. Both definitions may be applied to Atheism. The opposite of Atheism is Theism, which is the belief that at least one deity exists. Even though this series is called “Understanding Religions in the World”, we will have an in-depth look into Atheism also, so stay tuned.
Secret societies such as Freemasonry, the Ku Klux Klan, the Mafia, and Order of the Dragon are real organizations. They appear in many works of fiction and are often involved in elaborate conspiracies. I probably won’t include them in this series, but you can be sure that I’ll write about them at some point in the near future.
I’ll be doing a lot of research for this series in the coming weeks to satisfy your, my readers, thirst for knowledge. Come back often to see whether I have published a new part, and please feel free to subscribe to my emails. Leave any questions or comments that you have in the comment box below, and I’ll be more than happy to start a discussion with you. Finally, my friend, may I request that you kindly share this post with your family and friends. Thanks a lot!
Part 2: Christianity