Worldwide Adherents of All Religions by Six Continental Areas, Mid-1995

                                                                              Latin        Northern                                                  Number of 
                               Africa           Asia          Europe         America        America        Oceania           World            %      countries 
     
Christians                  348,176,000      306,762,000    551,892,000    448,006,000    249,277,000    23,840,000     1,927,953,000       33.7        260 
 Roman Catholics            122,108,000       90,041,000    270,677,000    402,691,000     74,243,000     8,265,000       968,025,000       16.9        249 
 Protestants                109,726,000       42,836,000     80,000,000     31,684,000    123,257,000     8,364,000       395,867,000        6.9        236 
 Orthodox                    29,645,000       14,881,000    165,795,000        481,000      6,480,000       666,000       217,948,000        3.8        105 
 Anglicans                   25,362,000          707,000     30,625,000      1,153,000      6,819,000     5,864,000        70,530,000        1.2        158 
 Other Christians            61,335,000      158,297,000      4,795,000     11,997,000     38,478,000       681,000       275,583,000        4.8        118 
Atheists                        427,000      174,174,000     40,085,000      2,977,000      1,670,000       592,000       219,925,000        3.8        139 
Baha'is                       1,851,000        3,010,000         93,000        719,000        356,000        75,000         6,104,000        0.1        210 
Buddhists                        36,000      320,691,000      1,478,000        569,000        920,000       200,000       323,894,000        5.7         92 
Chinese folk religionists        12,000      224,828,000        116,000         66,000         98,000        17,000       225,137,000        3.9         60 
Confucians                        1,000        5,220,000          4,000          2,000         26,000         1,000         5,254,000        0.1         12 
Ethnic religionists          72,777,000       36,579,000      1,200,000      1,061,000         47,000       113,000       111,777,000        2.0        104 
Hindus                        1,535,000      775,252,000      1,522,000        748,000      1,185,000       305,000       780,547,000       13.7         94 
Jains                            58,000        4,804,000         15,000          4,000          4,000         1,000         4,886,000        0.1         11 
Jews                            163,000        4,294,000      2,529,000      1,098,000      5,942,000        91,000        14,117,000        0.2        134 
Mandeans                              0           44,000              0              0              0             0            44,000        0.0          2 
Muslims                     300,317,000      760,181,000     31,975,000      1,329,000      5,450,000       382,000     1,099,634,000       19.2        184 
New-Religionists                 19,000      118,591,000        808,000        913,000        956,000        10,000       121,297,000        2.1         27 
Nonreligious                  2,573,000      701,175,000     94,330,000     15,551,000     25,050,000     2,870,000       841,549,000       14.7        226 
Parsees                           1,000          184,000          1,000          1,000          1,000         1,000           189,000        0.0          3 
Sikhs                            36,000       18,130,000        490,000          8,000        490,000         7,000        19,161,000        0.3         21 
Shintoists                            0        2,840,000          1,000          1,000          1,000         1,000         2,844,000        0.0          4 
Spiritists                        4,000        1,100,000         17,000      8,768,000        300,000         1,000        10,190,000        0.2         30 
Other religionists               88,000           98,000        443,000        184,000      1,068,000        42,000         1,923,000        0.0        182 
Non-Christians              379,898,000    3,151,195,000    175,107,000     33,999,000     43,564,000     4,709,000     3,788,472,000       66.3        262 
Total population            728,074,000    3,457,957,000    726,999,000    482,005,000    292,841,000    28,549,000     5,716,425,000      100.0        262 
 
Continents. These follow current UN demographic practice, which divides the world into the 6 major areas shown above and 21 regions (1994). See United               
   Nations, World Population Prospects: The 1994 Revision (1995), with populations of all continents, regions, and countries covering the period 1950-2025.        
   The table above therefore combines its former columns "East Asia" and "South Asia" into one single continental area, "Asia," which also now includes 
   the former U.S.S.R. Central Asian republics. Note also that "Europe" now extends eastward to Vladivostok, the Sea of Japan, and the Bering Strait. 
Countries. The last column enumerates sovereign and nonsovereign countries in which each religion or religious grouping has a numerically significant following.        
Rows. The list of non-Christian religions is arranged in alphabetical order.        
Adherents. As defined and enumerated for each of the world's countries in World Christian Encyclopedia (1982), projected to mid-1995, adjusted for recent data.               
Christians. Followers of Jesus Christ affiliated with churches (church members, including children: 1,791,227,000) plus persons professing in censuses or        
   polls though not so affiliated. 
Other Christians. This term in the above table denotes Catholics (non-Roman), marginal Protestants, crypto-Christians, and adherents of African, Asian, black,        
   and Latin-American indigenous churches. 
Atheists. Persons professing atheism, skepticism, disbelief, or irreligion, including antireligious (opposed to all religion).        
Buddhists. 56% Mahayana, 38% Theravada (Hinayana), 6% Tantrayana (Lamaism).        
Chinese folk religionists. Followers of the traditional Chinese religion (local deities, ancestor veneration, Confucian ethics, Taoism, universism, divination,        
   some Buddist elements). 
Confucians. Non-Chinese followers of Confucius and Confucianism, mostly Koreans in Korea.        
Hindus. 70% Vaishnavites, 25% Shaivites, 2% neo-Hindus and reform Hindus.        
Jews. Adherents of Judaism. For detailed data on "core" Jewish population, see "World Jewish Populations" in the American Jewish Committee's American Jewish Year Book.                      
Muslims. 83% Sunnites, 16% Shi'ites, 1% other schools. Up to 1990 the ethnic Muslims in the former U.S.S.R. who had embraced communism were not included as Muslims        
   in this table. After the collapse of communism in 1990-91, these ethnic Muslims were once again enumerated as Muslims in cases where they have returned 
   to Islamic profession and practice. 
New-Religionists. Followers of Asian 20th-century New Religions, New Religious movements, radical new crisis religions, and non-Christian syncretistic        
   mass religions, all founded since 1800 and most since 1945. 
Nonreligious. Persons professing no religion, nonbelievers, agnostics, freethinkers, dereligionized secularists indifferent to all religion.        
Other religionists. Including 70 minor world religions and a large number of spiritist religions, New Age religions, quasi religions, pseudo religions,        
   parareligions, religious or mystic systems, religious and semireligious brotherhoods of numerous varieties. 
Total population. UN medium variant figures for mid-1995, as given in World Population Prospects: The 1994 Revision (1995).