Atlas of the World’s Great Religions: What people believe in

20 02 2009

Last year SPIEGEL Magazine, their journalists and leading thinkers explored the growing impact of the great religions on culture, politics and society. They presented an atlas of the world’s religions — Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Eastern faiths accompanying the synopsis of the those great religions. Given below are the some of the maps. Each of them are linked to their original source.


There are about 2 billion Christians in the world today. The religion derives its name from Jesus Christ, an itinerant preacher, who lived 2000 years ago in the Roman province of Palestine. Jesus’ ministry – above all in Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee – lasted at most three years. He was crucified around 30 C.E. Complete at Source…

Christians Around the World

Christians Around the World


About 1.3 billion people consider themselves followers of Islam, the world’s second largest – and fastest-growing – religion after Christianity. In recent years, it has gained influence chiefly in Africa and the central Asian countries that were formerly part of the Soviet Union. Islam means the complete “submission” to God’s will. A person who embraces this is a Muslim. Complete at Source…

Muslim World

Muslim World



Judaism is the smallest of the world religions. There are about 13 million Jews around the globe today, including some 5.3 million in the state of Israel. The Jews call themselves Israelites or “Bne Israel” (sons of Israel). According to traditional accounts, God entered into a special relationship with the Israelites through a bond with the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jews regard God as their only, highest king and lawgiver, and themselves as His chosen people. On Mount Sinai, God proclaimed His law, the Torah, to the people through Moses. It comprises 613 decrees and prohibitions to be observed in everyday life, including the so-called Ten Commandments. Complete at source…

Jews around the world

Jews around the world

Eastern Religions

The major religions Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and the moral philosophy of Confucianism evolved in Asia. The eastern religions also extend to Shinto in Japan, Zen Buddhism and, in outlying regions, natural religions with Shamanist features. Complete at source…

The spread of Buddhism and Hinduism

The spread of Buddhism and HinduismBuddhism






One response

20 02 2009
Easy Nash

Very interesting!

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