The theory of Religions....

After a decade of research and reading scripts in thousands of language, learning many for the same purpose and spending few lakhs on translators, I present to you....the theory of Religions.
The birth of all religions.

The west religions are marked in red, the eastern religion are marked in blue. The grey circles indicates separate religion or beliefs sprouted around the main religions.
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The distribution of religion across the globe.
(Source: Encyclopedia Britannica)

The world's principal religions and spiritual traditions may be classified into a small number of major groups or world religions. According to the 2005 survey of Encyclopedia Britannica, the vast majority of religious and spiritual adherents follow Christianity (33.06% of world population), Islam (20.28%), Hinduism (13.33%), Chinese folk religion (6.27%) or Buddhism (5.87%). The irreligious and atheists are 14.27% and 3.97% follow indigenous tribal religions.

These spiritual traditions may be either combined into larger super-groups, or separated into smaller sub-denominations. Christianity, Islam and Judaism (and sometimes the Bahá'í Faith) are summarized as Abrahamic religions. Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism are classified as Indian religions (or Dharmic religions). Chinese folk religion, Confucianism, Taoism and Shintō are classified as East Asian religions (or Far Eastern, Chinese, or Taoic religions).

Conversely, the major spiritual traditions may be parsed into denominations:

  • Christianity into Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Protestantism, Oriental Orthodoxy, and Nestorianism
  • Islam into Sunnism, Shi'ism, Sufism, and Kharijites
  • Hinduism into Shaivism, Vaishnavism, Shaktism, Smartism, and others
  • Buddhism into Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana
  • Judaism into Hasidic, Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform
Part II will explore the details of every religion.

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