Talk:Religion

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Update to Religious groups table?[edit]

I suggest the table under 'Religious groups' showing numbers of adherents for the five main religions, ought to be updated and expanded with more recent data, e.g. 2010 from the Pew Research Center. Also, I think it would be a good idea to include a few other groups so that the total adds up to 100% and, quite importantly, the "non-religious" category gets a mention too. With regard to Judaism, which is clearly is a minor religion in percentage terms, I think it's worth separating out because of its (dis-proportionate) world-wide impact. The revised table would look like this:

Major religious groups Adherents in 2010[1]  % of world population[1] Demographics
Christianity 2200 million 31.5% Christianity by country
Islam 1600 million 23.2% Islam by country
Hinduism 1000 million 15.0% Hinduism by country
Buddhism 500 million 7.1% Buddhism by country
Folk religion 400 million 5.9% Chinese folk religion
Judaism 14 million 0.2% Judaism by country
Other religions 58 million 0.8%
Non-Religious 1100 million 16.3%
Total 6872 million 100.0%

† Includes followers of African traditional religions, Chinese folk religions, Native American religions and Australian aboriginal religions.
‡ Includes Bahai's, Jains, Sikhs, Shintoists, Taoists, followers of Tenrikyo, Wiccans, Zoroastrians and many other faiths.
¶ Includes atheists, agnostics and people who do not identify with any particular religion in surveys.

  1. ^ a b Pew Research Center (December 2012). "The Global Religious Landscape. A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World's Major Religious Groups as of 2010.". Pew Research Center. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 


New Religion - Madharchoditism[edit]

There is a new religious movement promoted by mainly black people with local support from east indians that may have originated in New York due to the death of the baby girl of a schizophrenic patient Niladebie Debie. She had a history of mental breakdowns and psychotic behavior and her life was being exploited by black haitians who were in financial problems. Current management of Madharchoditism is in the hands of the Debie family mostly Dhirin Debie who also has a schizophrenic past. They rely on psychosis and psychological manipulation techniques to acquire adherents. Currently there is a formal court case in Suriname where there methods of trying to become someone else and mirroring others is being investigated. Madharchoditism adehrents include family Fagoe, Dihal, Narain,Panday, Mahtabsingh, Tong, etc. They are also known to use human excrements and bodly fluids to mix with foods as initiation. Dhirin Debie was initiated by swallowing human excrement, gold rings, change and also snot. They appear to have support of the Surinamese police and military. Their practices closely resemble some rakshahsa practices and elements of submissive homosexuality by sexual deprivation. The Bianchi family is an Italian family that is responsible for media and actors who promote the religion. Samla Bissessar is actively promoting the religion in the Netherlands. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.53.192.35 (talk) 03:18, 19 December 2016 (UTC)

If you can find sources meeting our WP:RS guidelines sufficient to establish notability as per WP:NOTABILITY, I would welcome seeing some content on it. John Carter (talk) 18:14, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

Religion Article Critique[edit]

I think this article was well written with a lot of useful information. For the most part it wasn't biased which was good. The neutrality it has makes it easier for the reader to comprehend, without trying to sway them in any direction. I think it was also good how it included that people get faith and religion mixed up a bit sometimes too. The article was mostly describing how religion is really based on culture and heritage styles. I think the article could have maybe included some of the different types of religion and describe them a little, so the reader can understand them a little better. Overall, it was very informative and useful to read about. Kimmashleee (talk) 00:34, 3 February 2017 (UTC)kim s

I agree. It's good to see a well done article about an important topic such as this and another example being the Konrad Adenauer article; the gold standard of Wikipedia articles in my view. 86.45.226.161 (talk) 20:12, 4 March 2017 (UTC)

Source 42 (Pecorino)[edit]

I don't think this source is reliable on the grounds that the work itself says "These are class notes, intended to comment on readings and amplify class discussion. They should be read as such. They are not intended for publication or general distribution." at the bottom of each page so by its own admission it's not a reliable source for a website whose information is widely distributed. Pecorino also seems to lack knowledge about religion at times given that it makes the bizarre claims that "1. Religion is more important than GOD! 2. Religion is more important than TRUTH! 3. Religion is more important than reasoning! 4. Religion is more important than nearly anything else!" 1. A contradiction since belief in God is the whole point of monotheistic religion and if someone's religion isn't monotheistic then one doesn't believe in the capital G God anyway so of course in that case religion would be more important than God! 2. For a believer religion is true; that's the whole point! 3. That's only true if someone is a fideist; a position rejected as relativist and sinful by a number of believers (notably the Catholic Church) and again point 2; if religion is true then it isn't more important than reason since it's within reason. 4. NEARLY anything else? I would think whether or not someone goes anywhere and/or to which place they go would be the most important question of all. If religion is more important than God and reason then what is it less important than? Regardless of anyone's position if a source expressing any position doesn't know what it's talking about it's a poor source and should be removed. 86.45.226.161 (talk) 20:12, 4 March 2017 (UTC)

You Should Add[edit]

Religion is our beliefs that change our lifestyle. — Preceding unsigned comment added by SchoolKid27 (talkcontribs) 17:47, 6 March 2017 (UTC)

That would require citing a professionally published mainstream academic or journalistic source. Ian.thomson (talk) 23:05, 6 March 2017 (UTC)