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Etruscan Italy - - - - -600 B.C.E. Cavendish, Richard (ed.). Man, Myth & Magic: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Supernatural (vol. 6). New York: Marshall Cavendish Corp. (1970), pg. 848. "Who were the Etruscans? A partial answer, wich which few would quarrel, is that the Etrusci (or Tusci), as the Romans called them, lived in Tuscany in central Italy from at least the 7th century BC. They extended their influence southwards to the area around Naples (in the process engulfing the Latin city of Rome, where Etruscan kings ruled in the 6th century) and later northwards to the northern plain of the Po valley. About 500 BC the southern area including Rome shook off their rule, confing their power increasingly to the disctrict of Tuscany, and in the 4th and 3rd centuries they were finally forced to submit to Rome's expanding might: they were absorbed into Rome's Italian confederacy and in 90 BC became Roman citizens. "
Etruscan Italy - - - - -400 B.C.E. King, John. The Celtic Druids' Year: Seasonal Cycles of the Ancient Celts. London, UK: Blandford (1994), pg. 36. "On the mainland of Europe, the Celts began expanding southwards and westwards during the La Tene period. The first Celtic invasions of Italy took place before 400 BC, when Celtic tribes drove the Etruscans out of Po valley. Interestingly, it is from the Etruscans that the later Romans borrows many religious beliefs and practices, including the priestly sanctification of the foundations and outer bounds of a city. It is quite likely that the early Celts found the rigid fatalism of the Etruscans as antipathetic as they later found the rigid autoritarianism of the Romans. "
Evangelical Federation Italy 45,000 - - - 1995 "LDS Prospects in Italy for the Twenty-first Century " in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (Spring 1996), pg. 153. "...Evangelical Federation in which Waldensians and Baptists participate... "
ISKCON Italy 2,000 - - - 1987 Clarke, Peter B. The New Evangelists: Recruitment, Method and Aims of New Religious Movements, London: Ethnographics (1987); pg. 10-14. Table with following columns: Movement; Total Membership; Full-Time Members; P/T Members; Sympathizers.; For this study Clarke "approached researchers & observers in the field of new religions [& org./church reps.] to obtain their opinions & any hard... data "; Total: 2,000; Full-time: 500; Sympathizers: 30,000.
ISKCON - full-time Italy 500 - - - 1987 Clarke, Peter B. The New Evangelists: Recruitment, Method and Aims of New Religious Movements, London: Ethnographics (1987); pg. 10-14. Table with following columns: Movement; Total Membership; Full-Time Members; P/T Members; Sympathizers.; For this study Clarke "approached researchers & observers in the field of new religions [& org./church reps.] to obtain their opinions & any hard... data "; Total: 2,000; Full-time: 500; Sympathizers: 30,000.
Islam Italy 550,000 1.00% - - 1986 *LINK* Web site: "Arabic Paper "; web page: "Muslim Countries of the World " (viewed 15 June 1999). [Written 1998.] [NOTE: Unreliable statistical methodology.] "In 1986... Muslim Education Trust organization [U.K.] obtained... 1971 census & [info. from] Embassies of the respective countires... 1971 census showed the Muslim Minorities countries had around 308 Million Muslim.. "; "...add (784.5M [independent Muslim countries]+ 308M) = 1092.5 Million Muslims in 1971 "; Table shows country, "population " [number of Muslims in the country], & % Muslim. Total adds up to 317,391,000, so these figures are apparently intended to be estimates for 1986.
Islam Italy 1,000,000 - - - 1995 "LDS Prospects in Italy for the Twenty-first Century " in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (Spring 1996), pg. 153.
Islam Italy 700,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. Pg. 781-783. Table: "Religion ": Divided by nations, with 2 columns: "Religious affiliation " & "1996 pop. " [of that religion]. Based on best avail. figures, whether census data, membership figures or estimates by analysts, as % of est. 1996 midyear pop.
Islam Italy - 2.00% - - 1998 *LINK* Nazarene web site: Nazarene World Mission Society; (major source: Johnstone's Operation World) Table "Religions "; total population: 57,592,000
Islam Italy 600,000 - - - 1999 Email from Stefano Allievi (Via Avancini, 16 20142 - Milano, Italy), received 8 May 1999. Sources: Allievi's research, based on official census, & direct research: Il ritorno dell'islam. I musulmani in Italia, Edizioni Lavoro, Roma, 1993 (with F. Dassetto); Les convertis l'islam. Les nouveaux musulmans d'Europe, L'Harmattan, Paris, 1998; L'islam en Italie: histoire et presence, in J. Waardenburg (a cura di) L'islam en Europe: aspects religieux, Universite de Lausanne, Departement d'histoire et de sciences des religions, Lausanne, 1993; Muslim Organizations & Islam-State Relations: The Italian Case, in W.A.R. Shadid e P.S. van Koningsveld (a cura di), Muslims in the Margin. Political Responses to the Presence of Islam in Western Europe, Kok Pharos, Kampen, 1996. [see other sources in notes field.] "Islam in Italy... Between 500 and 600,000 muslims among them 382.000 legal residents from muslim countries and muslim minorities in non muslim countries, plus illegal, transit, converts, etc. "

[Other sources, which didn't all fit into Source field to the left: The Muslim Community in Italy, in G.Nonneman, T.Niblock e B.Szajkowski (a cura di), Muslim Communities in the New Europe, Reading, Ithaca Press, 1996; Muslim Minorities in Italy & their Image in Italian Media, in S.Vertovec e C.Peach (a cura di), Islam in Europe. The Politics of Religion and Community, London, Macmillan; Italie: le retour de l'Islam. La presence musulmane entre histoire et actualite, in Correspondances (Tunis), n.22-23, 1994; Seconda religione, l'islam, in Il Mulino, n.5, 1994; Le retour de l'islam. La presence musulmane en Italie, entre histoire et actualite, in La Nouvelle Tribune, n.18, 1998.]

Islam Italy 49,000 0.10% - - 2000 K. F. Bin Mohd Noor. "Muslims Statistics... for Year 2000 " [orig. src: Barrett. World Christian Encyclopedia, 1982] Table
Jehovah's Witnesses Italy 105,709 0.19% 1,489
units
- 1983 Botting, Heather & Gary Botting. The Orwellian World of Jehovah's Witnesses. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (1984), pg. 53-59. Table: "1983 Service Year Report of JWs Worldwide "; Adherent count here is from "1983 Peak Publishers " column
Jehovah's Witnesses Italy 400,000 - - - 1995 "LDS Prospects in Italy for the Twenty-first Century " in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (Spring 1996), pg. 153.
Jehovah's Witnesses Italy 224,726 0.39% 3,003
units
- 1997 *LINK* official organization web site Adherent/member count is for "1997 Peak Witnesses "; Memorial attendance (annual sacrament meeting) for same year: 413,914.
Jehovah's Witnesses Italy 232,145 0.40% 3,032
units
- 1998 *LINK* Jehovah's Witnesses official web site; section: "Statistics "; web page: "Worldwide Report " (viewed 16 April 1999). Table: "1998 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "; This adherent/member count is for "1998 Peak Witnesses "
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Italy 233,042 - 1,489
units
- 1983 Botting, Heather & Gary Botting. The Orwellian World of Jehovah's Witnesses. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (1984), pg. 53-59. Table: "1983 Service Year Report of JWs Worldwide "; Data from columns: "No. of congs. " and "Memorial attendance "
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Italy 413,914 0.72% 3,003
units
- 1997 *LINK* official organization web site From 1997 Statistics "Memorial attendance " column. Count of all who attend this once-a-year meeting, whether or not a "publisher " in full standing. Most would be considered adherents.
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Italy 385,387 0.67% - - 1998 *LINK* Jehovah's Witnesses official web site; section: "Statistics "; web page: "Worldwide Report " (viewed 16 April 1999). Table: "1998 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "; "Memorial attendance " column indicates attendance at yearly communion meeting.
Judaism Italy 50,000 0.12% - - 1937 Gilbert, Martin (ed.) The Illustrated Atlas of Jewish Civilization: 4,000 Years of Jewish History. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co. (1990), pg. 161. Map: "European Jewry on the Eve of the Holocaust 1937-41 "; "Figures show Jewish populations in 1937 and percentage of total population. "
Judaism Italy 35,000 0.06% - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 4 - Europe. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998), pg. 160-161. "Location: Italy; Population: About 57 million "; "Italy also has about 35,000 Jews and a smaller number of Greek Orthodox. "
Judaism Italy 35,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* Jewish Communities of the World web site (1998) Table: World Jewry. "collected our data from from demographic and other academic studies, community reports, and up-dates in the general media... consulted with experts to verify findings before reaching our assessments and estimates. "
Lodge of Ur Italy - - - - 1940 *LINK* web site: "Lodge of Ur "; web page: "THE INVINCIBLE TRADITION: The Mysteries of the God Mithra " (viewed 2 April 1999); "(C) The Lodge of UR 1996 " "This form of magic emphasizes will-power and control over the elements, and the ritual itself was part of the doctrines taught in the italian 'Group of UR', a bond of initiates operating between 1900 and 1940 whose goal was to reform the western magical tradition of the Ancient Roman Mysteries. The Lodge of UR is heir of their practices and teachings leading to the magical realization of immortality and freedom, through pursuing the Path of the Unconquered God. "
Mennonite World Conference Italy 189 - - - 1997 *LINK* Mennonite World Conference web site; page: "Mennonite and Brethren in Christ World Membership Totals " (viewed 8 Aug. 1999). Table: "Mennonite and Brethren in Christ World Membership Totals "; "based on the most recent data available... from 1996 or 1997... statistics indicate baptized members "; Dif. religious bodies: 1.
Methodist Italy - - - - 1981 Crim, Keith (ed.). The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins (1989). Reprint; originally pub. as Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions, 1981; pg. 478-479. "Unions with other denominations have resulted in the statistical disappearance of some churches as solely Methodist... Currently the small Methodist Church in Italy is united with the Waldensian Church... "
New Kadampa Tradition Italy - - 2
units
- 1999 *LINK* official organization web site; web page: "Directory of European NKT Centres " (viewed 23 Jan. 1999). counted listings on directory.
Nonreligious Italy - 16.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994) pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "
Nonreligious Italy - 18.00% - - 1998 *LINK* Nazarene web site: Nazarene World Mission Society; (major source: Johnstone's Operation World) Table "Religions "; total population: 57,592,000
Nonreligious Italy 9,200,000 16.00% - - 1999 Bonomi, Kathryn. Italy (series: Major World Nations). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers (1999), pg. 9-10. "Population: 57.5 million... Religions: Roman Catholic, 83%; other, 17% (includes 16% nonreligious and atheist and 1% other religions) "
other Italy 1,680,000 3.00% - - 1976 Keefe, Eugene K., et al. Area Handbook for Italy (1st Ed.). Washington, D.C.: Foreign Area Studies of The American University (1977; research completed 1976), pg. 73. "Italy is almost wholley Roman Catholic; according to the Catholic Almanac, 1976 the proportion is as high as 97% of the country's population. There are Protestants, Jews, Orthodox Christians, and Waldenses..., but their numbers and influence have always been negligible. Thus the saying 'to be Italian is to be Catholic' is more than a cliche. According to anumber of observers many Italians, particularly in rural areas, divide the world into Christian (meaning Catholic) and pagan (meaning all others). "
other Italy 9,020,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. Pg. 781-783. Table; "other " = NOT Roman Catholic or Muslim; other is "mostly nonreligious and atheist "
other Italy 9,775,000 17.00% - - 1999 Bonomi, Kathryn. Italy (series: Major World Nations). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers (1999), pg. 9-10. "Population: 57.5 million... Religions: Roman Catholic, 83%; other, 17% (includes 16% nonreligious and atheist and 1% other religions) "; Pg. 103: "...the remaining 1 percent are mostly Protestants, Muslims, and Jews. "
Pentecostal Italy - - 149
units
- 1929 Cox, Harvey. Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Pentecostal Spirituality and the Reshaping of Religion in the Twenty-First Century; New York: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. (1994), pg. 195. "Pentecostalism came to Italy... in 1908... It expanded quickly, and in 1929 there were already 149 pentecostal congregations in the country... Today pentecostals constitute the largest non-Catholic religious groupings in Italy. "
Pentecostal Italy - - - - 1970 Cavendish, Richard (ed.). Man, Myth & Magic: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Supernatural (vol. 16). New York: Marshall Cavendish Corp. (1970), pg. 2162. "...in Western Europe there are certainly several hundred thousand [Pentecostalists]. In recent years there has been considerable growth in Italy, partly as a result of the conversion of Italian immigrants who accepted Pentecostal teachings in the United States and Brazil. "
Pentecostal Italy 200,000 - - - 1976 Quebedeaux, Richard. The New Charismatics: The Origins, Development, and Significance of Neo-Pentecostalism; Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co. (1976), pg. 46-47. "thanks to Prudencio Damboriena and Walter Hollenweger's work, we can offer a very approximate estimate of total [Classical] Pentecostal adherents in nations where the movement has had a measurable impact... "
Pentecostal Italy 400,000 - - - 1995 "LDS Prospects in Italy for the Twenty-first Century " in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (Spring 1996), pg. 153. 200,000 members of Assemblies of God, plus 200,000 other Pentecostals
poll - believe in life after death Italy - 46.00% - - 1981 Robertson, Ian. Sociology (2nd ed.); New York, NY: Worth Publishers (1981) [2nd edition is updated since 1977 1st edition], pg. 421. "Only a minority of Europeans... believe in life after death: the percentage ranges from 4% in Italy to a mere 35% in Scandinavia; and in Japan only 18% profess this belief. In contrast, nearly 71% of Americans say they believe in life after death. "
poll - say religion fairly important to them Italy - 42.00% - - 1976 Social Indicators 1976: Selected Data on Social Conditions & Trends in the U.S.. Census Bureau, U.S. Dept. of Commerce: Washington, D.C. (Dec. 1977), pg. 555. [Orig. source: American Institute of Public Opinion (Gallup Poll), Religion in America, 1976.] Table: "Importance of Religious Beliefs in Selected Countries: 1975-76 "; Respondents who say their religious beliefs are: (1) Not at all important, (2) Not too important, (3) Fairly important, (4) Very important.
poll - say religion not at all important to them Italy - 6.00% - - 1976 Social Indicators 1976: Selected Data on Social Conditions & Trends in the U.S.. Census Bureau, U.S. Dept. of Commerce: Washington, D.C. (Dec. 1977), pg. 555. [Orig. source: American Institute of Public Opinion (Gallup Poll), Religion in America, 1976.] Table: "Importance of Religious Beliefs in Selected Countries: 1975-76 "; Respondents who say their religious beliefs are: (1) Not at all important, (2) Not too important, (3) Fairly important, (4) Very important.
poll - say religion not too important to them Italy - 16.00% - - 1976 Social Indicators 1976: Selected Data on Social Conditions & Trends in the U.S.. Census Bureau, U.S. Dept. of Commerce: Washington, D.C. (Dec. 1977), pg. 555. [Orig. source: American Institute of Public Opinion (Gallup Poll), Religion in America, 1976.] Table: "Importance of Religious Beliefs in Selected Countries: 1975-76 "; Respondents who say their religious beliefs are: (1) Not at all important, (2) Not too important, (3) Fairly important, (4) Very important.
poll - say religion very important to them Italy - 36.00% - - 1975 Popenoe, David. Sociology (5th Ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc. (1983), pg. 449. [Orig. source: Public Opinion, March/May 1979, p. 38. Surveys by Gallup International. Research Institute for Charles F. Kettering Foundation, 1974-1975, for foreign data; American Instittue of Public Opinion (Gallup) for US data.] "Graph: Strength of Religious Feeling: A Cross-National Comparison "; "Question: How important are your religious beliefs--very important, not too important, or not at all important? "; Graph shows percentage answering "Very important "
poll - say religion very important to them Italy - 36.00% - - 1976 Social Indicators 1976: Selected Data on Social Conditions & Trends in the U.S.. Census Bureau, U.S. Dept. of Commerce: Washington, D.C. (Dec. 1977), pg. 555. [Orig. source: American Institute of Public Opinion (Gallup Poll), Religion in America, 1976.] Table: "Importance of Religious Beliefs in Selected Countries: 1975-76 "; Respondents who say their religious beliefs are: (1) Not at all important, (2) Not too important, (3) Fairly important, (4) Very important.
poll - say religion very important to them Italy - 36.00% - - 1976 Popenoe, David. Sociology (5th Ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc. (1983), pg. 432. "According to an international gallup poll taken in 1976, the U.S. is much more religious than most other advanced societies. 56% of Americans say that religion 'is very important' in their lives, whereas only 36% of Italians, 17% of West Germans, and 17% of Scandinavians say the same. "
Protestant Italy 150,000 0.26% - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 4 - Europe. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998), pg. 160-161. "Location: Italy; Population: About 57 million "; "There are about 150,000 Protestants living in Italy, two thirds of them belonging to the sect known as Waldensians. Concetrated in the Piemonte region, they practice a French-based Calvinism and, until the late 19th century, held most of their services in French. "
Protestant Italy - 1.00% - - 1998 *LINK* Nazarene web site: Nazarene World Mission Society; (major source: Johnstone's Operation World) Table "Religions "; total population: 57,592,000
Pythagoreanism Italy - - - - -490 B.C.E. Osborne, Richard. Philosophy for Beginners. New York, NY: Writers and Readers Publishing (1992), pg. 6-7. "Pythagoras was a curious blend of scientist and mystic. Disliking the dictatorship of Polycrates in his native Samos, he travelled in Egypt, then settled in Italy. (By this time the Mediterranean was a Greek lake.) Here he founded a school based on his mathematico-metaphysical philosophy The Pythagoreans talked about cosmical harmony. This was based on numbers as the relations of things. For example, they discovered that halving the length of a string on a lyre produced a note one octave higher, and that all harmonies represented ratios of whole numbers. They extended this notion of harmonies to all things. Pythagoras explored the geometry of the perfect solids... He discovered the theorem that still bears his name... "
Pythagoreanism Italy - - - - -490 B.C.E. Osborne, Richard. Philosophy for Beginners. New York, NY: Writers and Readers Publishing (1992), pg. 7. "Not content with showing the important part played by numbers in the universe, Pythagoras said: 'The soul is an immortal thing, and is transformed into other, living things--whatever comes into existence is born again in the revolutions of a certain cyle--nothing being absolutely new... All things are numbers'... Pythagoras' advances in mathematics led him to overvalue the power of numbers. He believed the dodecahedron somehow embodied the structure of the entire Universe. He elevated his discoveries in music into a cosmic theory of the harmony of the spheres. Pythagoras wasn't the last philosopher to be beguiled by the beauty and certainty of mathemtics. "
Pythagoreanism Italy - - - - -490 B.C.E. Osborne, Richard. Philosophy for Beginners. New York, NY: Writers and Readers Publishing (1992), pg. 8. "He [Pythagoras] also formed a Pythagorean Order, with a set of complex and seemingly arbitrary taboos which included: To abstain from beans; Not to eat from a whole loaf; Not to set on a quart measure. A member of the Order, Hippasos, was banished, not for eating, but for spilling the beans about the Order's most closely guarded secret--that the hypotenuse of this triangle was a surd--it could not be written as a ratio of whole numbers. A reminder of how close the ancient Greeks were to the world of superstition and the irrational? Or, more sinisterly, an instance of the impulse of philosophers to safeguard knowledge under the domain of a priestly caste? "
Rajneesh Foundation/Osho Italy 16,000 - - - 1987 Clarke, Peter B. The New Evangelists: Recruitment, Method and Aims of New Religious Movements, London: Ethnographics (1987); pg. 10-14. Table with following columns: Movement; Total Membership; Full-Time Members; P/T Members; Sympathizers.; For this study Clarke "approached researchers & observers in the field of new religions [& org./church reps.] to obtain their opinions & any hard... data "; "This movement was 'officially' disbanded... after these statistics were compiled " but many followers still consider themselves disciples.
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Italy - - 2
units
- 1998 *LINK* official organization web site (1998) Counted listings in directory of parishes.
Scientology Italy - - 25
units
- 1999 *LINK* web page (OPPOSING VIEW): "Scientology Worldwide " (viewed 13 Feb. 1999); "Last Update on 10th Feb. 1999 " Number here ( "# congregations ") represent total of all orgs: Dianetic Centers, Celebrity Centers, missions, etc.; "CoS web sites have lists of Missions (1998) & Orgs (1996) from which the Table below is derived. Original concept and research by 'Inducto'. "
Seventh-day Adventist Italy 8,000 - - - 1995 "LDS Prospects in Italy for the Twenty-first Century " in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (Spring 1996), pg. 153.
Soka Gakkai Italy 14,000 - - - 1995 "LDS Prospects in Italy for the Twenty-first Century " in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (Spring 1996), pg. 153.
Tenrikyo Italy - - 1
unit
- 1998 *LINK* official Tenrikyo web site; page: "A Statistical Review of Tenrikyo: 1 of 2 " (viewed 10 Dec. 1999) Table: "A Statistical Review of Tenrikyo 1998 ". Church-supplied data. 1 mission stations
Transcendental Meditation Italy 30,000 - - - 1987 Clarke, Peter B. The New Evangelists: Recruitment, Method and Aims of New Religious Movements, London: Ethnographics (1987); pg. 10-14. Table with following columns: Movement; Total Membership; Full-Time Members; P/T Members; Sympathizers.; For this study Clarke "approached researchers & observers in the field of new religions [& org./church reps.] to obtain their opinions & any hard... data "
Unification Church Italy - - 10
units
- 1987 Clarke, Peter B. The New Evangelists: Recruitment, Method and Aims of New Religious Movements, London: Ethnographics (1987); pg. 10-14. Table with following columns: Movement; Total Membership; Full-Time Members; P/T Members; Sympathizers.; For this study Clarke "approached researchers & observers in the field of new religions [& org./church reps.] to obtain their opinions & any hard... data "; "10 centres in Italy "
Vipassana Meditation Centers Italy - - 1
unit
- 1999 *LINK* web site: "Vipassana Meditation "; web page: "Vipassana Meditation Centers in Europe " (viewed 13 Feb. 1999) Centers listed in directory: France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom
Waldensians Italy - - - - 1100 C.E. Cavendish, Richard (ed.). Man, Myth & Magic: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Supernatural (vol. 4). New York: Marshall Cavendish Corp. (1970), pg. 473. Chapter author: Roland H. Bainton. "...small groups arose in the 11th and 12th centuries, resolved to carry out, among themselves, the changes that had proved impracticable in the Church as a whole. Southern France and northern Italy swarmed with sects... the Waldenses denied the authority of the orthodox Church, appointed lay preachers... the Church launched the Inquisition... the Waldenses found refuge near the timberline of the Italian Alps and survive to this day. "
Waldensians Italy - - - - 1175 C.E. Occhiogrosso, Peter. The Joy of Sects: A Spirited Guide to the World's Religious Traditions. New York: Doubleday (1996), pg. 326. "Waldensianism. Around 1175, a wealthy former merchant in Lyons named Peter Waldo, transformed by the sudden death of a friend, gave all his possessions to the poor. He went on to teach a literal application of the communal poverty practiced by the apostles and early Christians; like the Bogomils, he rejected most church doctrine not specifically spelled out in the New Testament. Some Waldensians opposed bloodshed in any form, including so-called just wars and capital punishment. "
Waldensians Italy - - - - 1848 Crim, Keith (ed.). The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins (1989). Reprint; originally published as Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions, 1981; pg. 802. ".Persecution continued sporadically until 1848, when full religious freedom was granted to those Waldenses still in northern Italy. "
Waldensians Italy 100,000 - - - 1957 Welles, Sam. The World's Great Religions, New York: Time Incorporated (1957), pg. 230. "Today there are 100,000 Waldensians in Italy. "
Waldensians Italy - - - - 1994 *LINK* Hexham, Irving. Concise Dictionary of Religion. Carol Stream, USA: InterVarsity Press (1994). (v. online 6 Oct. 1999) "WALDENSIANS: a twelfth century Italian REFORM movement in the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH which was persecuted but survived until the PROTESTANT REFORMATION which its members supported. Although still a very small minority in Italy, the Church has managed to survive until today and operates a theological college in Rome. "
Waldensians Italy 25,000 - - - 1995 "LDS Prospects in Italy for the Twenty-first Century " in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (Spring 1996), pg. 153.
Waldensians Italy 99,900 0.18% - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 4 - Europe. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998), pg. 160-161. "Location: Italy; Population: About 57 million "; "There are about 150,000 Protestants living in Italy, two thirds of them belonging to the sect known as Waldensians. "
Waldensians Italy: Piedmont 20,000 - - - 1850 Cowan, Richard O. & Bruce A. Van Orden. The International Church: Readings for Religion C344; Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University (Fall 1992), pg. 62. "The Waldensis found refuge across the Alps in the Lombardy region of what is now northern Italy. There were approx. 20,000 Waldenses in the Piedmont in 1850 when Mormon missionaries learned about them. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Italy: Rome - - - - 1997 Deseret News 1999-2000 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1998), pg. 13. "A parade down the streets of Rome, Italy, commemorated the Church Pioneer Sesquicentennial July 13, 1997. "
paganism Italy: Rome - - 424
units
- 382 C.E. Boorstin, Daniel J. The Seekers: The Story of Man's Continuing Quest to Understand His World. New York, NY: Random House (1998), pg. 69. "...a still-powerful pagan religionthat commanded the loyalty of most of the ruling nobles of Rome... in 382. In Rome at the time there were some 424 pagan temples... " [Ofcourse at this time there was no "Italy ", but it's the same location.]
Judaism Italy: Sicily 40,000 - - - 1492 C.E. Gilbert, Martin (ed.) The Illustrated Atlas of Jewish Civilization: 4,000 Years of Jewish History. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co. (1990), pg. 71. "Massacres of 1391 and 1474, when Sicily was ruled by the House of Aragon. The expulsion of 1492 ended a flourishing community of 40,000 Jews. "
Pentecostal Italy: Sicily 350,000 - - - 1994 Cox, Harvey. Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Pentecostal Spirituality and the Reshaping of Religion in the Twenty-First Century; New York: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. (1994), pg. 192. "I had not known that there even were pentecostals in Sicily... But the best estimates now place them at about 350,000 and growing rapidly. "
Anglican Jamaica 350,000 - - - 1979 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: OPERATION WORLD -1979); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) Protestants 75%. Community 903,000. Denominations 70. Largest groups: Anglicans 350,000 adherents; Baptists (3) 160,000; all Pentecostals (6+) 150,000; Methodists 55,000; Brethren 10,000
Anglican Jamaica 180,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. Pg. 781-783. Table: "Religion ": Divided by nations, with 2 columns: "Religious affiliation " & "1996 pop. " [of that religion]. Based on best avail. figures, whether census data, membership figures or estimates by analysts, as % of est. 1996 midyear pop.
Anglican Jamaica 185,706 7.10% - - 1997 *LINK* CIA World Factbook web site (viewed Aug. 1998) Protestant 55.9% (Church of God 18.4%, Baptist 10%, Anglican 7.1%, Seventh-Day Adventist 6.9%, Pentecostal 5.2%, Methodist 3.1%, United Church 2.7%, other 2.5%), Roman Catholic 5%, other 39.1% (1982); Total population: 2,615,582 (1997).
Baptist Jamaica - - 1
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- 1778 Armstrong, O.K. & Marjorie Armstrong. The Baptists in America. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co. (1979) [revised 2nd edition; originally published in 1967 under the title The Indomitable Baptists], pg. 238. "During the War for Independence, Liele expressed sympathy for the British cause and as a result was imprisoned. When the British forces captured Savannah an English officer rescued the preacher-slave and at the close of the war took him to Jamaica. On that island Liele organized its first Baptist church. "
Baptist Jamaica 500 - - - 1881 Armstrong, O.K. & Marjorie Armstrong. The Baptists in America. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co. (1979) [revised 2nd edition; originally published in 1967 under the title The Indomitable Baptists], pg. 238. "On that island Liele organized its first Baptist church. On that island Liele organized its first Baptist church. It grew to a membership of more than five hundred within a few years... He organized a missionary society in Jamaica... By 1842 more than fifty missionaries had been sent out from Liele's society to work in Africa, and about a score others came to the U.S. to preach among Negro Baptists. "
Baptist Jamaica 160,000 - - - 1979 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: OPERATION WORLD -1979); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) Protestants 75%. Community 903,000. Denominations 70. Largest groups: Anglicans 350,000 adherents; Baptists (3) 160,000; all Pentecostals (6+) 150,000; Methodists 55,000; Brethren 10,000
Baptist Jamaica 261,558 10.00% - - 1997 *LINK* CIA World Factbook web site (viewed Aug. 1998) Protestant 55.9% (Church of God 18.4%, Baptist 10%, Anglican 7.1%, Seventh-Day Adventist 6.9%, Pentecostal 5.2%, Methodist 3.1%, United Church 2.7%, other 2.5%), Roman Catholic 5%, other 39.1% (1982); Total population: 2,615,582 (1997).


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