The Bane of Monotheism
Against Single-God Religions

By Vexen Crabtree

World Population by Religion (2005)

Islam
God(s)Atheist / Monotheist / Polytheist / Other
AdherentMuslim
AdherentsMuslims
TextsQur'an and Hadiths
AfterlifeHeaven or hell
Founding
HeritageJudaism
Area of OriginSaudi Arabia
FounderBy Muhammad in 610CE
Numbers in the UK (Census results)
20011.547 million20112.7 million
Muslims Worldwide (2010 data, Pew Forum1)
Somalia (99%), Yemen (99%), Iran (99%), Iraq (99%), Tunisia (99%), Mauritania (99%), Morocco (99%), Western Sahara (99%), Afghanistan (99%), Mayotte (98.6%)
Muslims Worldwide (2005 data, Worldmapper2)
Afghanistan (99.5%), Western Sahara (99.4%), Mauritania (99.1%), Somalia (99%), Tunisia (99%), Yemen (98.9%), Morocco (98.5%), Maldives (98.4%), Iran (98.3%), Comoros (98.3%)
Christianity
God(s)Atheist / Monotheist / Polytheist / Other
AdherentChristian
AdherentsChristians
TextsThe Bible
AfterlifeHeaven or hell
Founding
HeritageJudaism and paganism; see Types of Christianity in History: Who Were the First Christians?
Area of OriginRoman Empire
FounderMultiple Hebrew and Greek sources. St Paul. 1st-3rd centuryCE
Numbers in the UK (Census results)
2001 42.08 million2011 33.2 million
Christians Worldwide (2010 data, Pew Forum1)
Tokelau (99%), Timor-Leste (East Timor) (99%), Papua New Guinea (99%), Vatican City (99%), Romania (99%), Tonga (98.9%), Armenia (98.5%), American Samoa (98.3%), Faroe Islands (98%), Zambia (97.6%)
Christians Worldwide (2005 data, Worldmapper2)
Vatican City (100%), Malta (98.1%), El Salvador (97.4%), Guatemala (97.4%), Ecuador (97.1%), Costa Rica (97%), Niue (96.8%), Honduras (96.7%), Puerto Rico (96.7%), Cook Islands (96.6%)
Judaism
God(s)Atheist / Monotheist / Polytheist / Other
AdherentJew
AdherentsJews
TextsThe Torah
AfterlifeYes
Founding
HeritagePrehistorical
Area of OriginBabylon (mostly), now Iraq
FounderCombination of prehistorical practices which became organized in Babylon
Numbers in the UK (Census results)
2001259 9272011263 000
Jews Worldwide (2010 data, Pew Forum1)
Israel (75.6%), Gibraltar (2.1%), USA (1.8%), Monaco (1.7%), Canada (1%), Belize (1%), Cayman Islands (0.8%), Moldova (0.6%), Bahrain (0.6%), UK (0.5%), France (0.5%), Argentina (0.5%), Australia (0.5%)
Jews Worldwide (2005 data, Worldmapper2)
Israel (71.4%), Palestine (11.8%), USA (1.92%), Monaco (1.7%), Argentina (1.32%), Canada (1.3%), Uruguay (1.23%), Moldova (1.11%), Belize (1.08%), Hungary (0.969%)

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References: (What's this?)

Pew Forum. Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World's Major Religious Groups as of 2010 (2012). Published 2012 Dec 18, accessed online 2013 May 01.

Worldmapper
Worldmapper Datasets 551-582: Religion (2008). Worldmapper Datasets 551-582: Religion (2008 Mar 26) on worldmapper.org/.../religion_data.xls, accessed 2013 Nov 11. Authored by John Protchard, published by SASI, University of Shieffield. Data is for year 2005, with some datasets being edited from original sources to remove the effects of double-counting, and, adjusting for population changes between 2002 and 2005.

Footnotes

  1. Pew (2012).^
  2. World Christian Database data via Worldmapper (2008).^

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