Religion can be explained as a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.

For more information about the major religions around the world, click on the links below. The links will take you to the BBC website, where more detailed information can be found.

  • Atheism

    Atheists are people who believe that god or gods are man-made constructs.

  • Baha’i

    One of the youngest of the world’s major religions.

  • Buddhism

    A way of living based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama.

  • Candomblé

    A religion based on African beliefs, originating in Brazil.

  • Christianity

    The world’s biggest faith, based on the teaching of Jesus Christ.

  • Hinduism

    A group of faiths rooted in the religious ideas of India.

  • Islam

    Revealed in its final form by the Prophet Muhammad.

  • Jainism

    An ancient philosophy and ethical teaching that originated in India.

  • Jehovah’s Witnesses

    A Christian-based evangelistic religious movement.

  • Judaism

    Based around the Jewish people’s covenant relationship with God.

  • Mormonism

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Paganism

    Contemporary religions usually based on reverence for nature.

  • Rastafari

    A young religion founded in Jamaica in the 1930s.

  • Santeria

    Afro-Caribbean syncretic religion originating in Cuba.

  • Shinto

    Japanese folk tradition and ritual with no founder or single sacred scripture.

  • Sikhism

    The religion founded by Guru Nanak in India in the 15th Century CE.

  • Spiritualism

    Spiritualists believe in communication with the spirits of people who have died.

  • Taoism

    An ancient tradition of philosophy and belief rooted in Chinese worldview.

  • Unitarianism

    An open-minded and individualistic approach to religion.

  • Zoroastrianism

    One of the oldest monotheistic faiths, founded by the Prophet Zoroaster.

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