Religions of the world: Information about
40 organized religions and faith groups.
Our logo: showing symbols of some of the largest religions in the world:
The symbols of fourteen religions are shown. Clockwise from the North Pole, they are mostly in alphabetic order:
Baha'i, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, Wicca and some other Neopagan religions, Zoroastrianism, and Druidism.
If the Wiccan symbol is flipped by 180º so that one point is towards the center, it becomes the symbol of an unrelated religion, Satanism.
This graphic was donated to us along with the copyright. We are making it available free of charge to anyone.
A menu with links to non-theistic
beliefs, ethical groups,
philosophies, spiritual paths, etc
is located elsewhere on this site.
A statement by Reza Aslan, which the folks at this web site feel is worth repeating:
"Islam doesn't promote violence or peace.
Islam is just a religion.
And like every religion in the world, it depends on what you bring to it.
If you are a violent person, your Islam, your Judaism, your Christianity, your Hinduism is going to be violent."
Reza Aslan is an Iranian-American author, commentator and religious scholar. He has written at least three books on religion:
- "No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam" (2005),
- "Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization, (2010), and
- "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth." (2013)
He also is the host of "Believer." a TV program for the spiritually curious. It is available on Sunday evenings at CNN at 10 PM ET/PT 1
Symbols of world religions. 2
Introduction to religions of the world
Part 1: Our logo, again. Religious symbols. Quotations. Introductory thoughts.
Part 2: Introductory thoughts (Cont'd). Animated map showing religions over time. Other inclusive religious web sites.
Part 3: Inclusive web sites. Books on world religions.
Find a faith group that matches your beliefs. A final recommendation. Disclaimer.
Specific world religions, each with over three
million followers, are listed alphabetically:
3Neopagan faiths are modern-day reconstructions of ancient Pagan religions
from various countries and eras. They experience a serious but diminishing level of discrimination and persecution
in North America. They were once rarely practiced in public for reasons of safety. This are now generally accepted in North America as legitimate religions, except among religious conservatives.
Many followers of Asatru refer to themselves as "Heathens" rather than "Neopagans.
Many followers of these religions refer to themselves as "Pagans." We use the term "Neopagan"
because it is less ambiguous. "Pagan" has a variety of unrelated meanings.
These are smaller religions, with a well defined belief in deity, humanity and the rest
of the universe. Of the many hundreds of faith groups in the world, we have chosen these
because of their historical significance, or because of the massive amount of
misinformation that has been spread about them in North America:
Related sections and essays in this web site:
"Believer with Reza Aslan,: CNN, at: http://www.cnn.com/shows/believer
Image © Roberto Giovannini. from Dreamstime.com - World Religion Symbols
- Moon symbol courtesy of Jaz's Pagan Page.
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Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Last updated: 2017-MAR-09
Hyperlinks last checked: 2015-NOV-10
Author: B.A. Robinson