The World 's Largest Religion Essay example
Christianity is currently the world’s largest religion, with around 2.4 billion followers worldwide (LINK 1). Those of us who were raised Christian, or in predominantly Christian countries like America (where 83% of the population identifies as Christian and almost all of the U.S. Presidents have been Christian), are pretty well versed in the basics of Christianity’s history and tenets: Egypt, plagues, Crucifixions, Crusades, repenting sins, loving one another, etc. But are some pretty bizarre facts and scholarly theories about Christianity’s rise to prominence aren’t very well known, that definitely would’ve made Sunday School a more interesting place.
1. The Abrahamic God was the first Monotheistic God (and it Got Weird)
Before the Abrahamic God (or, as modern Christians refer to him, “God”) arrived on the scene, the main ‘template’ for religion was Polytheism: a pantheon (unified group) of multiple gods. Polytheism was the central driving force of all early civilizations around the time of the Old Testament Israelites. Egyptians, Mayans, the Chinese, the Aztecs, and the ancient Mesopotamians made every decision (political, personal, judiciary, etc) based on pleasing one of their gods or trying not to piss him/her off. (p74) The Israelites’ belief that the Abrahamic God was the one and only god, and that all these other gods either didn’t exist or were ‘less…