Surely some readers of onReligion.com have wondered just how many people belong to different world religions. Now there's a fairly comprehensive web site. Adherents.com provides more numbers than you ever dreamed you'd need...
In case you need a religio-census (or as close as you can get to one these days) www.adherents.com has some estimates for all of the major religions. The site also has an incredible amount of the world's religions indexed and briefly described. You know it's an incredible amount when they include Discordianism.
Each month, RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY chooses a Web site we find to be a significant contribution to religion and ethics. For October, 1999, our Site of the Month is Adherents.com at www.adherents.com.
Created and maintained as an independent project by Preston Hunter, this site offers a large collection of statistics on religion, currently totalling more than 44,000 adherent statistics and religious geography citations for "over 4,000 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc." While deep, the site offers these statistics with absolutely no filtering or distillation, and some users may find the listings somewhat confusing. Those in search of quick facts (largest religions, major branches, largest churches, etc.) will find them on the main page. More detailed statistics are found in the two indexes -- Religion by Location and Religion by Name. The indexes list groups, location, number of adherents, percentage of total population, number of congregations, number of countries, source, and notes or a quote. Users will find numerous and sometimes contradictory statistics for some faiths, depending on the sources used and their dates. Despite this, the listings at this site are downright huge and may prove useful to a wide variety of students, researchers, and interested users.
Satisfy your curiosity about the world's religions at Adherents.com, a compendium of facts and figures on more than 4,000 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, "etc."
Should you ever have a need for statistics on the number or location of members of various faiths, your first top should be Adherents.com, which contains data on over 4,000 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, etc.
This is the time of year to reflect on religion. If you are interested in all the various religions of the world, this is a great site to explore. You can look up fascinating facts by country or sect - and even find out about religions of which you've never heard.