Eventually they apologized, stopped using the Bible, and formed the more prosaic group called Aleph Theist and Far Eastern religion 1984 Shoko Asahara Yes and other A world religion ,. A summary page shows data for the. The Church of God in Christ: 5. Jamaica, as well as the United Kingdom and the U. Belief that a series of prophets have come from God, and that Bahá'í is the latest religion founded by God.
If the answer to only one of the questions is yes, there is a judgment call to be made, but of course we give more weight to a group's self-concept. Contemporary sociolgists and religious leaders generally consider pan-denominational classifications based not on historical denominational divisions but on current theological positions, organizational alignments, etc. The United Church of Canada. Lutheran Church of New Zealand. Archived from on 28 September 2012.
This is not a complete list, but aims to provide a comprehensible overview of the diversity among denominations of Christianity. The Church Finder Journey Guide includes an introduction to. Divisions between one group and another are defined by doctrine and church authority; issues such as the nature of Jesus, the authority of apostolic succession, eschatology, and papal primacy often separate one denomination from another. For example, the considers itself the and the , and as pre-denominational. In India we have Amitabha. Nevertheless, 900 million is the most accepted figure among various authors and scholars, and thus is used in this article.
Individual bodies, however, may use alternative terms to describe themselves, such as church or sometimes. The Book of Mormon suffers the same problem. Jehovah's Witnesses The beliefs and doctrines of Jehovah's Witnesses vary quite drastically from the majority of Christian denominations. Estimates regarding its worldwide size range widely--from under one hundred thousand to over four million. Estimates of the number of adherents are hopelessly unreliable. Many of our reasons for defining the parameters as we have done have to do with the availability of data.
A profoundly sad and perverse organisation with children forced into sexual acts with adults with ongoing emotional damage. Joseph Smith claimed that the book of Mormon was a new revelation and based on his translation of Golden plates that he found in 1827 in a hill near Palmyra. Catholic Near East Welfare Association. This world religions listing is derived from the statistics data in the database. Hence, in this list, which is explicitly statistical and sociological in perspective, Taoism should be thought of as a major branch of Chinese traditional religion. Like traditional religions, secular systems are subject to both rapid and gradual changes in popularity, modification, and extinction.
Detailed statistics on atheism can be found in papers by Phil Zuckerman and Andrew Greeley and Wolfgang Jagodzinski. It recognises Jesus as a Prophet of God, born by the Will of God to the virgin. As there are reported to be approximately 38,000 Christian denominations, many of which cannot be verified to be significant, only those denominations with Wikipedia articles will be listed in order to ensure that all entries on this list are notable and verifiable. The majority of Protestants are members of just a handful of denominational families: Adventism, Anglicanism, Baptists, Calvinism Reformed Protestantism , Lutheranism, Methodism and Pentecostalism. Archived from on 27 September 2007. Major Religions of the World Ranked by Number of Adherents Sizes shown are approximate estimates, and are here mainly for the purpose of ordering the groups, not providing a definitive number.
The practitioners and doctrines of this denomination are overseen by a group of elders called the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses based out of Brooklyn, New York. To the contrary, I have noted on a number of occasions how church membership, unfortunately, is fast becoming a meaningless number. We are not associated with any religion or organization. Some of them have a disputed administrative status i. Infobase Publishing — via Google Books. In any case, the primary criterion for the rankings on this page is self-identification, which has nothing to do with practice. It should be remembered that not all strains of all religions entail belief in God, a Higher Power or deities.
A select few of these churches are, however, recognized by certain individual provinces of the Anglican Communion. Wiccan groups have traditionally been secretive and often their numbers can only be estimated based on magazine circulations, attendance at conferences, etc. The worldwide figure is as a conglomerate figure, using different criteria as explained elsewhere on this page , based on official organizational as well as critical sources. Christian Reformed Church in North America. The largest and best known branches of Islam are Sunni and. The church was officially founded in 1931, and practitioners of the faith even utilize their own, specific translation of the bible called New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures. Unsourced material may be and.
Sadly this has not happened. Osunmilaya's comments are very helpful. Today, despite the existence of some self-identified Taoists and pure Taoists in the West, Taoism is difficult to isolate as a large, independent religion from a statistical and sociological perspective. Osunmilaya, a practitioner and scholar on the subject wrote: I would make only a few changes. Sikhs, if mentioned at all, had been classified as a sect of Hinduism during the first three hundred years of their history. Roman Catholic Church The Roman Catholic Church can trace its creation back to the founding of Christianity. Although Islam, Buddhism and Christianity have bounced back and even surpassed pre-Communist levels in China, Taoism has not.