Shown above is the Abrahamic religions map. This shows which countries in the world predominantly practice an Abrahamic religion, shown in red, and those who do not, marked in blue. The Abrahamic religions include Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and the Bahá’i Faith. Meanwhile, the non-Abrahamic religions include Buddhism, Hinduism, and Shintoism.
As seen on the map, it is evident that about a third of the countries in the world mainly follow an Abrahamic religion, i.e. an Abrahamic faith is the most-followed in each respective country. These continents and countries include:
- All of North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Antarctica, and the Pacific Islands
- West Asia
- Bangladesh (South Asia)
- South Korea (East Asia)
- Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore (Southeast Asia)
- Australia, Papua New Guinea, and New Zealand (Oceania)
Wait, Antarctica has a predominant following of an Abrahamic doctrine? Apparently, they do. Citing data from the Association of Religion Data Archives, Reddit user u/G8g8g8 notes that 72% of Antarctica’s human occupants say they are Christian, over 23% have no affiliated religion, almost 3% follow Islam, 1% Hinduism, and 0.7% have Buddhist faith.
It is noticeable that all of the countries with a primarily non-Abrahamic denomination are found in Asia, especially in the continent’s south, east, and southeast regions. The non-Abrahamic nations are the following:
- People’s Republic of China
- Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)
- Republic of China (Taiwan)
- Sri Lanka
- Myanmar (Burma)
- Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos)
Reddit user u/pur__0_0__ noted that important events in India’s history led to its present-day status as a majorly non-Abrahamic nation – almost 80% of its population follows Hinduism. The user stated that from being an Islamic country, India was introduced to Christianity by British missionaries; they also noted that there can only be “a small percentage you can have converted [to Christianity] if your population runs in hundreds of millions.” Furthermore, the division of India led to its Muslim population decreasing, as some emigrated to nearby Pakistan and Bangladesh, which resulted in India being a largely non-Abrahamic country.
To find out more about the religions of the world, consider checking out these books:
- Religions in Global Society
- The Oxford Handbook of the Abrahamic Religions
- Three Religions, One God: A Compendium of Historical Accounts of the Three Abrahamic Religions
- What is Hinduism: An Exploration of Some Concepts and Customs
- Buddhism for Beginners: Plain and Simple Guide to Buddhist Philosophy
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