Printable worksheets that take a look at religions throughout the world.

There are many religions practiced and followed throughout the global community. By volume the most widely practiced religion is Christianity followed closely by the Muslim faith. An interesting fact is that just over ninety-five percent of those that follow the Hindu faith are geographically concentrated in either India, Mauritius, or Nepal. Judaism has the highest median age of followers at the age of 36. The Muslim faith has the youngest median age of followers at 23 years old. Fewer than seventy-percent of people that do not affiliate themselves with a faith believe in a higher power in some form. The only religious interpretation in never got was Mormon system that says that you should not drink coffee or tea, but sodas like colas are acceptable. Some religions profess the importance of staying pure even to the extent that they will refuse medical treatment of any kind because it is against their god’s will. There are religions that reject modern technology like mobile phones and televisions altogether and there are religions that just refuse their use on certain days of the week.

We look at the ten most populous religions across the world. Regardless of your faith, you will definitely get a better understanding of the beliefs and thoughts of your neighbors, whether they are on the end of you block or on the other side of the world. The worksheets found below take a look at the faith followed throughout the world. The culture established and the rites and rituals of those faiths.

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What Is Christianity?

Christianity is currently the largest religion in the world, with approximately 2 billion followers all around the world. The majority of Christians live in Europe, South America and North America, including about 159 million in the United States.

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What Is Christianity? - Multiple Choice Questions

A main symbol of Christianity is the cross because Jesus was crucified. Crucifixion was a method used for execution during the days of Roman rule.

What Is Christianity? - Short Answer Questions

Recently historians adopted the use of the abbreviation CE (Common Era) and BCE (Before the Common Era) when referring to dates. In texts printed before these abbreviations were used, dates will be shown as BC and AD. What do these old abbreviations mean and how do you convert dates from BC and AD to CE and BCE?

What Is Islam?

According to the U.S. State Department, there are about six million Muslims in the United States and Islam is expected to be the second largest religion in this country by 2010.

What Is Islam? - Multiple Choice Questions

The main symbol associated with Islam is a combination of a crescent on the left with a star centered on the crescent on the right.

What Is Islam? - Short Answer Questions

About half of the U.S. population says they are Christians. Based on the information in this reading, what is the ratio of Muslims to Christians in the United States? What does this ratio mean?

What Is Hinduism?

Hinduism is currently the third largest religion in the world, with approximately 900 million followers all around the world. The majority of Hindus live in India, followed by the United Kingdom and the United States, in that order.

What Is Hinduism? - Multiple Choice Questions

Among the religions of the world, where does Hinduism rank in age?

What Is Hinduism? - Short Answer Questions

Many women from the country of India place a red dot on the forehead. Explain what this symbol is and what it is for.

What Is Buddhism?

Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world today, with about 360 million followers called Buddhists who mainly live in northeastern India as well as China, Japan, Korea, Tibet, Mongolia and Southeast Asia.

What Is Buddhism? - Multiple Choice Questions

Americans may be most familiar with which form of Buddhism?

What Is Buddhism? - Short Answer Questions

What is a shrine? If you don't know the answer, look up the word online or in the dictionary.

What Is Sikhism?

Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world today, with about 23 million followers called Sikhs who mainly live in the state of Punjab in India as well as Great Britain, Canada and the United States.

Sikhism - Multiple Choice Questions

How many Gurus have there been in Sikhism?

Sikhism - Short Answer Questions

List the five symbols of Sikhism that are worn by men and what each symbolizes.

What Is Judaism?

Judaism is one of the oldest religions still being practiced today and Judaism is the foundation for the two largest religions in the world, Christianity and Islam.

What Is Judaism? - Multiple Choice Questions

Which group in Judaism follows Jewish traditions the most literally?

What Is Judaism? - Short Answer Questions

Some Jews worship at minyan, a service that is lead by lay people instead of a rabbi. What is the difference between a rabbi and a lay person? Do other religions have lay people?

What Is Baha'i Faith?

The Baha'i Faith has about 5 million followers called Baha'is who mainly live in northeastern India, the United States, Iran and Vietnam.

Multiple Choice Questions

Baha'is follow the teachings of Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i Faith who lived in Tehran, Iran and started the religion in 1863.

Short Answer Questions

Select one of the prophets listed in the reading and do some research on this prophet. Name the religion or religions that recognize this prophet and identify the years when he lived.

What Is Confucianism?

Confucianism as a philosophy standing on its own has approximately 5 to 6 million followers all around the world.

What Is Confucianism? - Multiple Choice Questions

There are four major texts that people read to learn about the teachings of Confucius.

What Is Confucianism? - Short Answer Questions

A statue called Great Confucius was erected in Houston, Texas in 2009. Do some research about the statue and write a short report about why it is important to the citizens of this city.

What Is Jainism?

Jainism is a religion with about 4 million followers called Jains who mainly live in the Eastern India. As of 2002 there are about 90,000 Jains in the United States and 25,000 Jains in Great Britain.

What Is Jainism? - Multiple Choice Questions

How many Tirthankaras are there in Jainism?

What Is Jainism? - Short Answer Questions

Jain temples are architectural masterpieces. Locate at least five pictures of Jain temples on the Internet. Make a poster or notebook on these temples. Be sure to label where each temple is located.

What Is Shintoism?

Shintoism, one of the world's oldest religions, is the national religion of Japan. Since Shintoism is so old, it contains many beliefs and rituals that have evolved through the centuries.

What Is Shintoism? - Multiple Choice Questions

Shintoism has been influenced by other religions. Around 500 CE Confucianism reached Japan from China and over the next two hundred years Confucian ideas about ethics became part of Shintoism.

What Is Shintoism? - Short Answer Questions

Mount Fuji in Japan is the sacred mountain of Shintoism. Do some research and explain why Mount Fuji is called the Fiery Goddess.