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Religions of the world: Information about
40 organized religions and faith groups.

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Our logo: showing symbols of some of the largest religions in the world:

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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.

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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)

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Basic information about world religions:

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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.

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A map showing where the main religions of the world are practiced

Specific world religions, each with over three million followers, are listed alphabetically:

bullet Baha'i SymbolBaha'i Faith

bullet Buddhism Symbol Buddhism

bullet Christian Symbol Christianity
Christian groups, denominations and families (Amish to The Way)
 
bullet Confucius Symbol Confucianism [Actually, this religion has no formal symbol. But this one is sometimes used unofficially]
 
bullet Hinduism Symbol Hinduism
 
bullet Islam Symbol Islam

bullet Jainism Symbol Jainism

bullet Judaism Symbol Judaism

bullet Shinto Symbol Shinto

bullet Sikhism Symbol Sikhism

bullet Taoism symbol Taoism

bullet Vodun (Voodoo)

Some Neopagan religious faiths:

Neopagan symbol 1 Neopagan 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.

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Ásatrú (Norse Paganism) Part 1  Part 2

bulletDruidism

bulletGoddess Worship

bullet Wiccan Symbol Wicca

bulletWitchcraft

Notes:
bullet Many followers of Asatru refer to themselves as "Heathens" rather than "Neopagans. "

bulletMany 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.

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Other organized religions:

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:

bulletCaodaism

bulletDamanhur Community

bulletDeism

bulletDruze

bulletEckankar

bulletElian Gonzalez religious movement

bulletGnosticism

bullet Roma (a.k.a. Gypsies)

bullet Hare Krishna Symbol\ Hare Krishna - ISKCON

bulletIfa, the religion of the Yoruba people of West Africa

bulletLukumi

bulletMacumba

bulletMowahhidoon

bulletNative American Spirituality

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New World Fellowship (NeWFism) -- a proposed religion with no mandated beliefs, clergy or scripture:

bulletRom, Roma, Romani, Rroma, (a.k.a. Gypsies)

bulletSanteria

bulletElian Gonzalez religious movement

bullet Satanism Symbol Satanism; The Church of Satan

bulletScientology

bullet Unitarian Universalist Symbol Unitarian-Universalism

bulletThe Creativity Movement (formerly called World Church of the Creator)

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The Yazidi branch of Yazdanism: Part 1 Part 2


bulletZoroastrianism

Related sections and essays in this web site:

bullet Ethical groups, philosophies, spiritual paths, etc. From Agnosticism and Atheism to Vampirism

bullet About the largest religious groups in the U.S.

bulletComparison of beliefs among different religious groups

bulletGeneral information about religion

bulletA glossary of religious terms

bulletA list of books on religion and spirituality

bullet Resources on religious beliefs and practices for chaplains, medical personnel, hospital personnel, and anyone else dealing with the public.

bulletSelecting holy texts from the world's religions for public meditation rooms, personal library, etc..

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Last updated: 2016-FEB-08
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