Distinct Religious Movements and their Countries of Origin
This page, "Distinct Religious Movements and their Countries of Origin," is not comprehensive, but is inttended to be informative and interesting to our readers. Please send in your suggestions of distinctive religious movements that aren't yet on this list, especially if it's from a country not yet represented here. Probably nearly every country has some form of indigenous religious expression. We hope to expand this list to include all the countries of the world.
This page does not present information about these religious movements (other than, in some cases, a location and year and origin).
A "distinct religious movement" may be considered a distinctive branch, denomination, or denominational family of a larger religion, or it may be an entirely independent religion or religious movement.
This list does not include religious bodies which are simply national or regional manifestations of an existing religious movement. (For example, "Lutheranism" is listed as a distinct religious movement which began in Germany. But the "Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada" would not be listed separately for Canada.)
Lutheranism (1517, Martin Luther)
Moravians (1727, Count Zinendorf)
Falun Gong/Falun Dafa
Methodism (1739, John Wesley)
Salvation Army (1865, William Booth)
Baptists (1605, John Smyth)
||Babi and Baha'i Faiths
Won Buddhism / Wonbulgyo
Amish (1693, Jakob Ammann)
Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhism
|United States of America
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Fayette, New York, 1830)
Southern Baptist Convention (1845)
Jehovah's Witnesses (Pennsylvania, 1870)
Christian Science (Massachusetts, 1879)
Adventism / Seventh-day Adventists (New Hampshire)
Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement
"Black Muslim" movement / Nation of Islam
Church of Scientology
Secular Humanistic Judaism (1963)
Tinh Do Cu Si ("Coconut Religion")
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