Religion in the Bahamas

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More than 90 percent of the population of the Bahamas professes a religion, and anecdotal evidence suggests that most attend services regularly.[1] Religion in the Bahamas reflects the country's diversity.[1] Protestant Christian denominations including Baptists (35 percent), Anglicans (15 percent), Pentecostals (8 percent), Church of God (5 percent), Seventh-day Adventists (5 percent), and Methodists (4 percent) are in the majority, but there are also significant Roman Catholic (14 percent) and Greek Orthodox populations.[1] Smaller Jewish, Baha'i, Jehovah's Witness and Muslim communities also are active.[1] A small number of Bahamians and Haitians, particularly those living in the Family Islands, practice Obeah, a form of African shamanism.[1] A small but stable number of citizens identify themselves as Rastafarians, while some members of the small resident Guyanese and Indian populations practice Hinduism and other South Asian religions.[1] Although many unaffiliated Protestant congregations are almost exclusively black, most mainstream churches are integrated racially.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g United States Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Bahamas: International Religious Freedom Report 2008.  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.

Further reading[edit]

  • Fahlbusch, Erwin, ed. (1999), "Bahamas", Encyclopedia of Christianity 1, Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, pp. 179–180, ISBN 0802824137