North American religious ''families'' with the most groups

Posted: Friday, January 31, 2003

The new edition of J. Gordon Melton's ''Encyclopedia of American Religions'' describes 2,630 U.S. and Canadian religious groups, categorized into 26 ''families'' of faith. These six families contain the largest numbers of distinct groups:

Pentecostal: 325

Spiritualist, Psychic, New Age: 224

Buddhism, Shintoism, Japanese New Religions: 212

Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism: 170

Magick: 161

Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox): 147

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