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Religion: Key Issue 1
Where are Religions distributed?
Rubenstein pp. 168 –178
 Universalizing Religions
Christianity
1. Give the % of the world’s Christian population belonging to each of Christianity’s 3 major branches
2. Regarding Eastern Orthodox churches . . .
- How many separate churches are there?
3.
Which has by far the largest membership?
What % of Latin Americans are Roman Catholic? What are the statistics for Christianity in North
America?
4. Complete the chart with names of smaller branches of Christianity and their location of
concentration
Branch of Christianity
Region of Predominance
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Islam
Half of the world’s Muslims live in the Middle East. Where?
The other half live in four countries outside the Middle East. List them.
1.
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4.
What are the 5 pillars of the faith?
1.
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5.
Give the % for each of Islam’s two greatest branches :
Sunni Shia or Shi’ite Only in 3 countries do Shia Muslims number more than Sunni. List them and the % Shia.
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Religion: Key Issue 1
Where are Religions distributed?
Rubenstein pp. 168 –178
Buddhism
10. Buddhism is built around “Four Noble Truths” as taught by the Buddha. Summarize them.
A–
B–
C–
D–
11. Complete the chart dividing Buddhism into 3 main branches.
Branch
% of all global
Buddhist pop.
Predominant Region
12. Why are Buddhists difficult to count?
Other Universalizing Religions
13. Complete the chart
Religion Name Founder
# of followers
Significant info
Ethnic Religions
Hinduism
14. Where are Hindus concentrated? What % of all Hindus live there?
15. Where are the rest (include %)
16. Make a note or two (geographic interest) about each o the following ethnic religions.
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Confucianism
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Daoism
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Shintoism
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Judaism
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Animism
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