Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam…. Claims to ancient origin and ultimate authority notwithstanding, the world’s five major religions are all of recent vintage compared to the couple hundred thousand years or more of human existence on the planet. During most of our prehistory, religious beliefs and practices were largely localized, confined to the territorial or tribal boundaries of individual groups.
Religions make out a great part of the culture of a country, but what about the countries that don’t believe? Here are the most atheist countries, mapped.
Maine ranks among the states with the least religious residents, although some fast-growing nondenominational churches are challenging that reputation.