The 10 Biggest Religions In The World

By Abhinandan Lawati

People all over the world have their own beliefs and religions. Most of these religions follow similar practices and preach the same ideals. It is a shame to see the world in turmoil even though all of these religions promote peace. We have compiled a list on 10 of the biggest religions in the world. The CIA’s World Fact book has been used for reference.

Before we begin the list, here are some interesting facts for you.

  • The term Buddhism is derived from a Hindu word Budhi, which translates to wisdom.
  • There are millions of different Gods and Goddesses in the Hindu religion.
  • Around 50 bibles are sold every minute in the United States.
  • Muslims believe that Allah is God’s personal name.
  • Mormons are forbidden to drink tea, coffee, and alcohol.

1. Christianity


In terms of popularity, Christianity is the biggest religion, with followers exceeding the 2 billion mark. It has been reported that over 50% Christians are Roman Catholics. The New Testament presents Christianity as a religion based on the life and teachings of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. 

2. Islam


With over 1.5 billion followers, Islam is a popular religion. Muslims consider their holy book, the Quran, to be the word of God. Many people often confuse the true meaning of the word Jihad; Jihad means to struggle and strive in the name of the Almighty.

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3. Atheist/ Agnostic/Non religious


There are people in the world who don’t believe in the Almighty. These people account for nearly 1 billion of the total population. Atheists don’t believe in the existence of deities. The term atheism bears Greek origins. It originated from the Greek word atheos. 

4. Hinduism


Nearly a billion people follow Hinduism and most of them live in India. Considered the oldest religion, followers of this religion consider the Bhagavad Gita as their holy book and worship countless deities with Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, and Lord Ganesha etc being the prominent ones.

5. Chinese Traditional Religions

chinese traditional religions

There are nearly half a billion people in the world who follow various traditional Chinese religions. These folks believe in the worship of gods, spirits, and different energies that benefit them and help them thrive. Some of these ritual traditions include Wuism, Nuoism, Taoism, and Confucianism etc. 

6. Buddhism


The religion, Buddhism, is largely based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, also known as the enlightened one. The major branches of Buddhism are Theravada and Mahayana. Buddhism is famous in various Asian countries such as Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal, Korea, Korea, China, Japan, and Vietnam etc. This religion has over 400 million followers. 

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7. Ethnic Religion

ethnic religion

Civil religions bearing organized clergy can be considered ethnic religions. Over 300 million people are followers of several ethnic religions namely Traditional Berber religion, Shinto, Judaism, Dongbaism, Samaritanism, and Kirat Mundum etc.

8. African Traditional Religion

african traditional religion

Africa is a large continent and there are over 100 million people who follow various African traditional religions. The followers of these religions believe in higher power, spirits and traditional medicine. 

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9. Sikhism


Followers of this religion are known as Sikhs. Founded in the 15th Century by Guru Nanak, this religion boasts of over 23 million followers. Punjab, a state in India, is home to most Sikhs. The holy scripture of this religion is the Guru Granth Sahib.

10. Juche


Juche is a religion formed by the former North Korean dictator Kim II Sung. The religion’s political thesis entrusts its followers with the responsibility of developing their country. Juche is known to have around 19 million followers. 

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