Religion in the Bahamas

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Religion in the Bahamas (2010)[1]

  Protestant (80%)
  Roman Catholic (14.5%)
  Other Christian (1.3%)
  Unaffiliated (3.1%)
  Other religion (1.1%)

Religion in the Bahamas reflects the country's diversity.[2] Since the English colonization, most Bahamians adhere to diverse Protestant denominations with Anglicanism, Baptist churches, Pentecostalism, Adventism and Methodism being at the forefront.[2]

Statistically speaking, major Protestant denominations include Baptists (35 percent), Anglicans (15 percent), Pentecostals (8 percent), Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) (5 percent), Seventh-day Adventists (5 percent), and Methodists (4 percent).[2] Although many unaffiliated Protestant congregations are almost exclusively black, most mainstream churches are integrated racially.[2] There are significant Roman Catholic (14 percent) and Greek Orthodox populations.[2] Smaller Jewish, Baha'i, Jehovah's Witness and Muslim communities also are active.[2] A small number of Bahamians and Haitians, particularly those living in the Family Islands, practice Obeah, a form of African shamanism.[2] A small number of citizens identify themselves as Rastafarians.[2] Some members of the small resident Guyanese and Indian populations practice Hinduism and other South Asian religions.[2]

More than 91 percent of the population of the Bahamas professes a religion, and anecdotal evidence suggests that most attend services regularly.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Religions in Bahamas - PEW-GRF". www.globalreligiousfutures.org. Retrieved 8 April 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j 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