Numbers of adherents come from the Adherents.com website compiled and managed by Preston Hunter; updated 2007. See Adherents.com's FAQ page for more information about the website and its sources of demographic data.
Date of origin
Atheism and Agnosticism
Indigenous religions worldwide
Hinduism, indigenous to India
Shintoism, indigenous to Japan
1300 BCE or older
20M (conservative estimate)
6M (conservative estimate)
1B (also included in "Christianity" above)
30 CE; emerged from the religion spread by apostles of Jesus
1.5B (940 Sunni)
Eastern Orthodox Christianity
schism with Church of Rome, 1054 CE; emerged earlier in local areas to the east of Europe
Protestantism (the Reformation)
emerged out of Anglican and Protestant religions in18th century; theology is much older
emerged out of Protestantism in 18th century; theology is much older
Seventh Day Adventists
Ancient roots: organizations in 20th century
UUA organized in 1961 CE
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