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.
We are misled by the very term “religion,” argues Sam Harris. Religion was simply the discourse humans used when all causes in the universe were opaque.
“Yes, of course yours is the one true religion…”
Have world religions been the cause of violence throughout the ages? | Richard Dawkins Foundation