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:
Spiritualist, Psychic, New Age: 224
Buddhism, Shintoism, Japanese New Religions: 212
Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism: 170
Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox): 147
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