Comparing The Origins Of Religion Essay

1489 Words Jul 10th, 2015 null Page
Since the beginning of understanding, man have looked to the heavens and his surrounding for supernatural beings to explain things he do not understand. These supernatural beings were considered to be Gods. Great civilizations were built and others destroyed to honor these Gods. The surviving civilizations flourished, become grander and more multifarious, its citizens became disciples and influence others to worship their Gods. Comparing and contrasting the origins of religion would take a very long time due to the sheer volume of current religion. According to Adherents.com, there are currently over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc. Not to mention a worldwide study completed by Pew Research Center in 2010, where more than eight-in-ten people identify with a religious group. A comprehensive demographic study of more than 230 countries and territories estimates that there are 5.8 billion religiously affiliated adults and children around the globe, representing 84% of the world population of 6.9 billion. The demographic study based on analysis of more than 2,500 censuses, surveys and population registers finds 2.2 billion Christians or 32% of the world’s population, 1.6 billion Muslims (23%), 1 billion Hindus (15%), nearly 500 million Buddhists (7%) and 14 million Jews (0.2%), in addition to more than 400 million people (6%) practice various folk or traditional religions. In an effort…

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