Since prehistoric times, humans have observed religious practices around the world. Today four-fifths of the world adheres to one of twelve classical religions with unique customs, practices, and holidays. Find out about the major religions of the world, their traditions and cultures, statistics, the largest churches in the U.S. and more.
Religion Around the World
There are a dozen major religions, with several billion followers across every country. In many cases, religious belief and practices have become part of national cultures and identities. Read on to learn more about the world's biggest faiths and those who follow them (or who don't).
Religion in the United States
Since the arrival of religious minorities in the colonial era, religion has played an important role in the history and daily life of the United States. Read more about the religions that have grown and spread throughout the U.S., and the most popular faiths today.
The Abrahamic Religions
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam account for more than half of the world's population. Claiming a common descent from the biblical patriarch Abraham, these religions have millennia of shared history. Learn more about what they have in common, their beliefs, and what sets them apart.
Other Major Religions
The other major religions account for roughly one-third of the world's population, mostly concentrated in India, China, and Japan. Learn more about the classical religious traditions still prevalent in the world today.
1Confucianism & Taoism, though listed separate, are often considered traditions within Chinese folk religion.