January 16, 2007
Click on the above link for a chronological perspective on the majority religions of the world created by "Maps -of- War".
It made for some interesting viewing, and listed below are some of my post-view observations, none of which may be misconstrued as biases for or against any religion.
1. After 1200AD, religions seemed to have spread at a faster rate and over larger land masses than ever before.
2. Judaism surfaced in spurts; it did not hold a land mass to call its own until the birth of Israel.
3. Hinduism is the world's oldest religion despite which it did not spread as much.
4. Christianity spans over the largest land mass and has seldom lost ground to another religion.
5. At inception, Islam spread more rapidly than did other religions.
6. Islam and Christianity grew in reactionary sequence for some three hundred years after the birth of Islam.
7. Both Christianity and Islam spread across three or more continents.
8. Islam is the youngest of the majority religions.
9. Buddhism, an offshoot of Hinduism, coexisted adjacent to its parent religion; both of them remained within the Asian continent.