Differences Between Religions And Religions

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Sects are commonplace in many forms of faith, no matter the religion there are still beliefs that differ from sect to sect. As with monotheistic religions such as Christianity, polytheistic religions like Hinduism also consist of sects. First off, sects are sub groups of a religion that differ in beliefs and these differing principles can be anything, such as the varying belief of who is considered the primary deity or creator. In Hinduism alone there are four primary sects: Shivaism, Vaishnavism, Shaktism, and Smartism. The difference between each sect is as previously mentioned, each variation believes in differing principle “supreme beings” or deities. These four denominations are in complete contrast to Christianity, in which there are a great deal more in number and with varying differences. As the third largest religion in the world, after Christianity and Islam, the populations of the denominations would be assumed to be evenly spread amongst the four, but that is not the case. Vaishnavites occupy a large portion of followers with an astounding 70%, followed by Shivaites with 26%, and the other two (Shaktites and Smartites) combining to form the remaining 4%. This highly skewed information is in complete opposition to Christianity, of which has multiple sects which are further sorts into sub-sects and are move evenly spread. The reasoning behind the skewed numbers of believers can be primarily attributed to the fact that Christianity sects differ so much more
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