World Religions (Christianity ( (The Three branches of Christianity are…
The Three branches of Christianity are Roman Catholicism, Protestant, and Eastern Orthodox. Christianity is practiced as the majority religion in most regions of the world except for North Africa, the Middle East, India, China and Southeast Asia
The City of Jerusalem, the location for many of Jesus Christ's important events, and the Vatican, the center of the Catholic church where the Pope lives, are both important sites in Christianity.
The sacred text of Christianity is the Bible. The main beliefs of Christians are the Ten Commandments.
Christianity expanded from the hearth in Palestine. The Roman Empire then spread Christianity to Europe and the Europeans spread the religion to the New World and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The founder of Christianity was Jesus Christ. The Pope is the recognized leader of the church. There are currently 2.2 billion followers of Christianity.
Christianity is Monotheistic. Christians attempt to achieve Heaven in the afterlife.
Islam is Monotheistic. Muslims attempt to achieve and eternity in Heaven after the Day of Judgement before Allah.
Islam expanded from the hearth in Saudi Arabia to
North Africa, Southwestern Europe, and Asia
through trade and conquest
The two branches of Islam is Sunni and Shia. Islam is practiced mostly in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran.
Mecca, the holy city in which Muslims are required to take a pilgrimage once in their lifetime, and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, the site where Muslims believe Muhammad ascended into Heaven, are important sites for Muslims.
The founder of Islam was The Prophet Muhammad. Ali is Muhammad's uncle who is seen as the rightful successor in Islam. There are currently 1.6 billion followers of Islam.
The sacred text of Islam is the Qur'an. The five pillars of Islam are Shahadah, Salat, Zakat, Sawm, and Hajj.
Taoism expanded from the hearth in China and spread to China, the Korean Peninsula, Japan, and Southeast Asia
The branch of Taoism is Confucianism. Taoism is practiced as the majority religion in China, the Korean Peninsula, Japan, and Southeast Asia
Many temples and monasteries were worshiped in and physical features like mountains were considered sacred sites in Taoism.
Taoism is Polytheistic. Taoists believe the afterlife does not exist.
There is no sacred text for Taoism. The main belief of Taoism is living peacefully and in harmony.
The founder of Taoism was Laozi in China around the 6th century BCE. There are currently 263 million followers of Taoism.
The Four branches of Buddhism are Theravada, Mahayana, Lamaism, and Zen. Buddhism is practiced as the majority religion in China, Korea, Japan, Tibet,
Mongolia, and Southeast Asia.
The Pogada, a religious building with distinctive roof patterns, and The Bodhi Tree, a place where Buddhists take pilgrimage, are important sites in Buddhism.
The sacred texts of Buddhism are The Sutras.
Buddhism expanded from the hearth in India and spread to China, Korea, Japan, Tibet, Mongolia, and Southeast Asia.
The founder of Buddhism was Siddharthma Gautama (The Buddha). The Dalai Lama is the recognized leader for many Buddhists. There are currently 350 million followers of Buddhism.
Buddhism is Nontheistic. Buddhists attempt to achieve Nirvana in the afterlife.
The sacred texts of Hinduism are a collection of books known as the Vedas. The main belief of Hinduism is that truth is eternal.
Small shrines and temples and the River Ganges, the river where many Hindus take pilgrimage to and bathe in, are important sites in Hinduism.
There is no known founder of Hinduism and the Brahmins are the highest ranking of the social classes in the caste system. There are currently 900 million followers of Hinduism.
There are no formal branches of Hinduism but Shaivism and Vaishnavism are both divisions. Hinduism is practiced as the majority religion in India.
Hinduism is Polytheistic. Hindus attempt to achieve Moksha in the afterlife.
Hinduism expanded from the hearth in India to the east and south along the Ganges River.
The sacred text of Sikhism is the Guru Granth Sahib. The main beliefs of Sikhism are the principles of equality.
There are no branches of Sikhism. Sikhism is practiced as the majority religion in India.
Sikhism is Monotheistic. Sikhism does not believe in a Heaven or a Hell.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar and the gurdwara temples are important sites in Sikhism.
Sikhism expanded from the hearth in Pakistan to northern India.
The founder of Sikhism was Guru Nanak. Gurus are the religious leaders in Sikhism.There are currently 22 million followers of Sikhism.
There are no branches of Shintoism. Shintoism is practiced as the majority religion in Japan.
Temples and familial shrines dedicated to Shinto spirits and ancestors are important sites in Shintoism.
Shintoism is Polytheistic. Shintoism attempts to achieve the "other world of Heaven" in the afterlife.
There is no sacred text for Shintoism. The main beliefs of Shintoism are the existence and power of the kami that exist in the world and in nature
Shintoism has not expanded from it's hearth in Japan.
There is no known founder of Shintoism. There are currently 118 million followers of Shintoism.
The three branches of Judaism are Orthodox, Conservative, and Reformed. Judaism is practiced as the majority religion in Israel.
The Western Wall and Temple Mount in Jerusalem are both important sites in Judaism.
Judaism is Monotheistic. Jews attempt to achieve Heaven in the afterlife.
The sacred text of Judaism is the Torah. The main beliefs of Judaism is a single God who created the universe.
Judaism expanded from the hearth in Israel to North America, Europe, and Russia.
The founder of Judaism was Abraham. There are currently 18 million followers of Judaism