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Well, we know who: priests, cops and psychiatrists. We must be weak in order to be controlled. Like it or not, religion is one of the most effective institutions of social control. Though organized religions are sometimes at odds with governments, in a larger sense, the faithful are merely foot soldiers of the Spectacle. (This is Guy Debord's term to describe the form of modern consumer capitalism. It is an apparatus that encompasses capital and all superstructural institutions, such as religion and the media. In the Spectacle, we exist only as consumers. We are marketed products—consumables or ideas—based on our identities; to the Spectacle, we are nothing more than demographic targets.)

Levels of participation vary within all groups.

Further details and sources are available below and in the  main database.

There are distinct religions other than the ones listed above.

These are usually polytheistic, but many Neo-Pagans consider their faith pantheistic, and many other concepts of deity can be found among Neo-Pagans as well.

This document is divided into the following sections:

They are smaller than religious groups usually listed as "major world religions."


: Neo-Paganism is an umbrella term for modern revivals of ancient ethnic and magickal traditions.

A major source for these estimates is the detailed country-by-country analysis done by David B.

Useful information about cultures can also be found in John B.

The reason is...in this world there happen to be huge corporations of private power which are as close to tyranny and as close to totalitarian as anything humans have devised...[s]o you end up supporting centralized state power" [, 1996, pp.122-123, boldface added].

Perhaps she had picked that up without realizing it was from Kant [].



On balance, while official Baha'i figures are not a measure of active participants, the proportion of participating adherents among claimed adherents is thought to be higher than average among the "major religions" on this list.

Different faith groups measure membership differently.

And this, I believe, is one of the sources of the new revolt among students of color at elite private colleges and universities. The expectation at those institutions has always been that the newcomers whom they deign to admit to the ranks of the blessed, be they Jews in the 1950s or African Americans today, will assimilate to the ways of the blessed. That they will become, as people say, “more white.” That bargain, as uncomfortable as it has always been, was more readily accepted in the past. For various reasons, it seems that it no longer is. Students of color are telling the whites who surround them, No, we aren’t like you, and what’s more, we don’t want to be like you. As very different as their outlook is from that of the white working class, their rejection of the liberal elite is not entirely dissimilar.

But this list accounts for the religions of over 98% of the world's population.

The diversity within these groupings varies.

A worldwide number of people who at least sometimes self-identify as adherents of this loosely-organized religious category might be 3 million, but this is just an estimate.

This world religions listing is derived from the statistics data in the  database.

These studies are not theological treatises.

That is part of white, Euro-centric, racist , which they do not need to observe (the same logic, unfortunately, described by the philosophers of -- but then cultural "diversity" never means the history, literature, or culture of real world civilizations -- it only means the Marxism of modern, Westernized Third World writers who actually know little, like Edward Said, about their own civilization).

Originally, three religions were recognized: Christians, Jews and pagans (i.e., everybody else).

Where classification is unclear, we've used two criteria:

The Baha'i community is remarkably active and influential in religious matters on both global and local levels, especially given their relatively small numbers compared to some other religions.