Portal:Western Religions

Welcome to the Faculty of Western Religions

The Western religions are the religions that originated within Western culture, which are thus historically, culturally, and theologically distinct from Eastern, African and Iranian religions. The term Abrahamic religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) is often used instead of using the East and West terminology, as these originated in the Middle East.

Western culture itself was significantly influenced by the emergence of Christianity and its adoption as the state church of the Roman Empire in the late 4th century and the term "Christendom" largely indicates this intertwined history. Western Christianity was significantly influenced by Hellenistic religion (notably neoplatonism) as well as the Roman imperial cult. Western Christianity is based on Roman Catholicism (Latin Rite), as opposed to Eastern Orthodoxy, from which it was divided by the Great Schism of the 11th century, and further includes all Protestant traditions splitting off Roman Catholicism from the 16th century.

Since the 19th century, Western religion has diversified into numerous new religious movements, including Occultism, Spiritism and diverse forms of Neopaganism.

List of Religious Groups & Denominations


Abrahamic Religions

  • Judaism
    • Rabbinic
    • Karaite
    • Ethno-Cultural
      • Hasidic
      • Orthodox
      • Zionist

  • Christianity
    • Eastern Orthodox
    • Catholicism
    • Protestantism
    • Independent Sacramental
    • Miscellanious

  • Islam
    • Sunnī
    • Salafi
    • Shi'a
    • Sufism

  • Other
    • Bábism
    • Baháʼí
    • Druze
    • Ali-Illahism
    • Mandaeism
    • Rastafari

Iranian Religions

  • Zoroastrianism
  • Yazidism
  • Yarsanism
  • Assianism/Uatsdin
  • Roshani

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