Thursday, April 8, 2010

Top 10 US Religions leaves stuff out.

As you know I am planning an extensive 10-part series that will happen once a month between now and...well...10 months from now. The series is about the top 10 religions in the United States. For the past few months, however, I have been trying to find such a magical list of 10 religions in the United States. There are a few problems with this:
  1. No two lists seem to agree once you get past the top 3 or 4. 
  2. To get a top ten list you have to get into those religions that only make up a fraction of a percent of the US population. 
  3. The world's religions are much more delineated than America's.
  4. Surprisingly, nearly 20% of Americans self-identify as having no religion. 
Add to that another percentage point of Americans that either identify as atheist or agnostic, and you begin to see the problem I have been having with putting together a list of religions. Also, there are categories that appear to sort of run together after you get to number 5. Starting at 6 you get into quite a few New Age categories. This list also leaves out some of the world's largest religions. Yes, I understand that this is because many of those faiths are not largely represented in the US, but I'm rather sad that we won't get to talk about them.

SO! I'm leaving this up to you, dear Rioters. I want to hear from YOU! Email me, tweet me, leave a comment, or take the poll. Let me know which list you want me to follow: top 10 US religions or top 10 world religions. Better yet, I shall put both lists below, that way you can decide which set of religions/belief paths/philosophies you'd like to turn into Riots!

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte


  1. Christianity
  2. Judaism
  3. Islam
  4. Buddhism
  5. Hinduism
  6. Unitarian Universalist
  7. Wiccan/Pagan/Druid
  8. Spiritualist
  9. Native American Religion
  10. Baha'i

  1. Christianity
  2. Islam
  3. Hinduism
  4. Diasporic/Deism
  5. Buddhism
  6. Shinto
  7. Sikhism
  8. Judaism
  9. Bahai Faith
  10. Jainism
Here's the thing, if the second list is chosen I will add a special Wicca episode around the time of Samhain. This won't be a generic Paganism show, but it will describe the history, tenets, and belief systems of Wicca the religion. I will also add in a show about Chinese folk religions, which would include Taoism and Confucianism, despite which list is chosen. Millions of adherents are attributed to these faiths, but they are so delineated that you'd have to study them together.

I leave the choice up to you Rioters!

4 comments:

  1. I would prefer the first list because I think I'm more likely to come across each of those faiths in my everyday life. I am also probably a little bias, since as a pagan, I would love to hear more about the Native American faiths, as well as the Unitarian Universalist and Spiritualist paths. I'm just stoked to find out that I'll get to hear what Baha'i is. They have awesome temples!

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  2. I also prefer the first list. Mainly because I have always been drawn to the Native American art and culture, and I am always very eager to learn more!

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  3. I'm going to have to go with the US top 10. While not all of the listeners are American I would wager the majority are. Maybe you could cover the top 10 world religions that aren't in the first list after this batch is done. Or you know, however you choose to do it.

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