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attempts to be global, to appeal to all people wherever they may live in the world, and actively seeks conversion; 58% of the world; 3 main are christianity, islam, and buddhism
a division of a branch that unites a number of local congregations in a single legal and administrative body
belief that inanimate objects (natural features, plants, animals) have spirits ex. sun god, rain god
2 billion adherents, largest world religion, most widespread; 3 major branches: Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox; founded upon the teachings of Jesus
dominant christian branch in the southwestern and eastern parts of europe; 51% of christians; Vatican city in Rome is the center of catholic religion
dominant in the eastern and southeastern parts of europe; 11% of christians; Constantinople of Byzantine Empire is the center of Eastern Orthodox; a collection of 14 self-governing churches in Europe
dominant in northwestern europe; 24% of christians; 1517 protestant reformation led by martin luther (Henry 8th wanted to get divorced but couldn't so created protestantism)
1.3 billion adherents predominantly in the middle east (indonesia, pakistan, bangladesh, and india), fastest growing religion, Muhammad is the prophet born in mecca in 570AD, holy book is the Quran
5 pillars of islam
1. there is no god but allah, muhammad is his prophet
2. give prayer 5x daily
3. give aid to the less fortunate through charity
4. fast during the month of ramadan
5. at least one pilgrimage to mecca
400 million adherents mainly in china and southeast asia, originated in Nepal, founded by siddhartha gautama; 3 main branches
4 noble truths
1. life is full of suffering
2. desire is the cause of suffering
3. cessation of suffering is achieved by quelling of desire
4. overcome desire by proper conduct and meditation
largest ethnic religion with 900 million adherents 97% of which are in India; believe it is up to the individual to decide the best way to worship God; polytheism, the caste system, reincarnation; the Ganges River is seen as a sacred place
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