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Christianity 21 billion Islam 13 billion SecularNonreligiousAgnosticAtheist 11 billion Hinduism 900 million Chinese traditional religion 394 million Buddhism 376 million primal-indigenous 300 million African Traditional Diasporic 100 million Sikhism 23 million Juche 19 million Spiritism 15 million Judaism 14 million Bahai 7 million Jainism 42 million Shinto 4 million Cao Dai 4 million Zoroastrianism 26 million Tenrikyo 2 million Neo-Paganism 1 million Unitarian-Universalism 800 thousand Rastafarianism 600 thousand Scientology 500 thousand A major source for these estimates is the detailed country-by-country analysis done by David B Barretts religious statistics organization whose data are published in the Encyclopedia Britannica including annual updates and yearbooks and also in the World Christian Encyclopedia the latest edition of which - published in 2001 - has been consulted Hundreds of additional sources providing more thorough and detailed research about individual religious groups have also been consulted This listing is not a comprehensive list of all religions only the major ones as defined below There are distinct religions other than the ones listed above But this list accounts for the religions of over 98 of the worlds population Below are listed some religions which are not in this listing Mandeans PL Kyodan Chondogyo Vodoun New Age Seicho-No-Ie Falun DafaFalun Gong Taoism Roma along with explanations for why they do not qualify as major world religions on this list This world religions listing is derived from the statistics data in the Adherentscom database The list was created by the same people who collected and organized this database in consultation with university professors of comparative religions and scholars from different religions We invite additional input The Adherentscom collection of religious adherent statistics now has over 43000 adherent statistic citations for over 4300 different faith groups covering all countries of the world This is not an absolutely exhaustive compilation
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