And it doesn't make the distinction between atheism "There is no god" with agnosticism "There may or may not be a god, we just don't know". And then there's the whole minefield of nuance between those who practice a religion but may do so out of social coercion rather than personally held belief , and those who believe in something but don't participate in the rituals of any particular faith.
To be fair, that requires more nuance than even a great map like this can probably provide. Frank Jacobs , Big Think. This article was originally published by Big Think. The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum.
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See how religions mix at both national and regional level.
There's one country in the Americas without a Christian majority — which? Christianity blue dominates in the Americas, Europe and the southern half of Africa. Islam green is the top religion in a string of countries from northern Africa through the Middle East to Indonesia. India stands out as a huge Hindu bloc dark orange. Buddhism light orange is the majority religion in South East Asia and Japan.
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Other countries with a lot of 'grey' in their pies include Canada, Cuba, Argentina and Chile. All belief systems represented on the scale below are present in the US and Canada.
Atheism Atheists are people who believe that god or gods are man-made constructs. Baha'i One of the youngest of the world's major religions. Buddhism A way of living based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama. Christianity The world's biggest faith, based on the teaching of Jesus Christ. Hinduism A group of faiths rooted in the religious ideas of India. Islam Revealed in its final form by the Prophet Muhammad.
China and India are huge religious outliers
Jainism An ancient philosophy and ethical teaching that originated in India. Jehovah's Witnesses A Christian-based evangelistic religious movement. Judaism Based around the Jewish people's covenant relationship with God. Paganism Contemporary religions usually based on reverence for nature. Rastafari A young religion founded in Jamaica in the s. Santeria Afro-Caribbean syncretic religion originating in Cuba.
Shinto Japanese folk tradition and ritual with no founder or single sacred scripture. Spiritualism Spiritualists believe in communication with the spirits of people who have died.