Religions by Country of Origin Quiz

For each religion or Christian denomination, name the modern country in whose territory it originated.
† After the Great Schism of 1054
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Last updated: December 11, 2019
First submittedMay 15, 2011
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Religion
Country
Christianity
Israel
Islam
Saudi Arabia
Mormonism
United States
Buddhism
India
Zen Buddhism
China
Christian Science
United States
Hinduism
India
Methodism
United Kingdom
Religion
Country
Rasta
Jamaica
Shinto
Japan
Catholicism †
Italy
Eastern Orthodox †
Turkey
Lutheranism
Germany
Zoroastrianism
Iran
Taoism
China
Mennonites
The Netherlands
Religion
Country
Wicca
United Kingdom
Calvinism
Switzerland
Confucianism
China
Cheondoism
South Korea
Presbyterianism
United Kingdom
Cao Dai
Vietnam
Falun Gong
China
Scientology
United States
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Level ∞
Nov 5, 2013
Updated
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Level 82
Dec 11, 2013
100%. What was the update? Eastern Orthodoxy and Catholocism?
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Level 82
Dec 22, 2013
I guess this is as good a place as any to pimp my brand spanking new Islam Quiz, enjoy, theophiles.
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Level 71
Feb 13, 2014
USA! USA! USA!
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Level 71
Sep 8, 2016
I'm not sure our American-grown religions are anything to be overly proud of – you've got your Xenu-lead space aliens, and your coffee-eschewing sacred underwear donners. As everyone else would say: "Only in America!"
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Level 71
Sep 8, 2016
Given 5 minutes to reflect, I would like to apologize if I've offended any Scientologists or Mormons… But obviously not quite enough to delete my comment. ;-)
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Level 82
Mar 10, 2018
None of these religions are something to be proud of but yes, Americans have their share of crazy people.
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Level 83
Nov 23, 2018
No love for David Koresh?
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Level 22
Feb 23, 2014
uk should be eligible for United Kingdom
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Level 55
Oct 5, 2016
Yeah I thought one was the United Kingdom so I typed UK and it didn't accept it, but it turned out that I was right
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Level 78
Jul 2, 2014
I typed Netherlands but it wasn't accepted. Why do we have to type "The"?
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Level 71
Nov 18, 2018
Also, "Mennonites" are people, not a religion or sect. "Mennonite" would work better. (And "Mennonitism" would simply be a made-up word.)
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Level 73
Oct 29, 2014
I understand your intent, but Christianity did not all of the sudden become different religions in 1054.
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Level 59
Aug 20, 2020
No, but thats when the church split, having different customs and traditions, and often fighting each other.
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Level 75
Mar 5, 2015
since when don't you accept 'us' anymore?
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Level 80
Sep 8, 2016
I thought the standard on this site was 'USA', not 'US.'
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Level 70
Oct 9, 2017
It is for some of us but not most of us as us may mean us not necessarily us.
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Level 83
Nov 23, 2018
Just type We in the nominative case and be done with it.
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Level 66
Apr 16, 2015
yay, I did it, a lot of guessing was involved though...Calvanism and Mennonites, at least I knew the approximate area, and I just kept entering countries until I got it right. :)
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Level 22
Feb 13, 2016
I tried that, but I guessed every country except Switzerland
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Level 40
Oct 25, 2015
I said Byzantine empire instead of Turkey
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Level 40
Oct 25, 2015
But the quiz accepts some countries which aren't countries anymore like Scotland
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Level 35
Aug 30, 2020
Scotland is a country. It is a country inside a country
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Level 70
Dec 4, 2015
Shouldn't Vatican City be accepted for the Roman Catholics?
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Level 82
Dec 4, 2015
My mom is from the town in the Netherlands where Menno Simons, the founder of the Mennonites was born. Of course, she was born 432 years after him. Don't know why, but I felt like sharing that. :-)
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Level 22
Feb 13, 2016
Cool!
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Level 71
Sep 8, 2016
That is cool!!
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Level 22
Feb 13, 2016
I couldn't get Calvinism.
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Level 80
Sep 8, 2016
I got it by guessing countries where they speak French. Tried France and Belgium before getting it right!
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Level 33
May 11, 2016
ummm. Sikhism?
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Level 76
Jun 2, 2016
Arguably Hinduism originates in Pakistan, not India, since that is where the Indus Valley civilization was centered, although of course it's hard to nail down exactly when Hinduism, as it exists today, really started.
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Level 11
Aug 19, 2016
Scientology is not a religion
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Level 54
Oct 23, 2017
It is indeed, though a monumentally stupid one.
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Level 82
Nov 7, 2017
The way Scientologists look to you... that's how you look to everyone else. Just FYI.
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Level 54
Nov 15, 2017
Except the 30% of the earth's population who agree with me.
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Level 54
Nov 15, 2017
(And before you say that religion is not a matter of consensus, may I remind you that you've used the consensus argument to back up your own beliefs as regards Palestine.)
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Level 64
Dec 15, 2017
Scientology is a tax haven for the rich. It is packaged as a religion so they can gain tax free status.
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Level 82
Mar 10, 2018
Fact and reality are objective and not subject to popular opinion. I have never said otherwise, including in regards to Palestine. So what the heck are you talking about? I'd also like to point out that 30% is a smaller number than 70%.
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Level 83
Nov 23, 2018
I hope I don't look like a Scientologist to everyone else.
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Level 82
Feb 16, 2019
someone: do you believe in silly or supernatural things without good evidence? If so, they might. There's nothing wrong with having beliefs. But it's worthwhile to take some time to reflect on why you believe what you believe. And why you dismiss the things that other people believe. And whether or not you are applying an inconsistent standard.
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Level 35
Aug 30, 2020
Falun Gong isn't either. These are basically just cults
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Level 57
Nov 27, 2020
Is there an actual difference between cults and religions?
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Level 63
Jan 29, 2021
There is no good objective difference between religions and cults.
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Level 50
Dec 8, 2016
I hate to broadcast my ignorance however can someone explain the difference between Scientology and Christian Science? Thought they were the same thing.
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Level 54
Oct 23, 2017
Christian Science is a term the left came up with for stuff like Answers in Genesis that explains the Bible biblically, in an attempt to make it and supposedly separate denominations look unintelligent. The truth is that it is merely a logical conclusion of most Christian sects.
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Level 82
Nov 8, 2017
I swear almost 80% of the comments you ever make are wrong. No, Christian Science has nothing at all to do with "the Left," or Answers in Genesis. It is a label adopted by its own adherents and not meant as a pejorative. And Ken Ham and his supporters don't need any help at all to look unintelligent or illogical.
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Level 82
Nov 8, 2017
And Answers in Genesis is not a denomination of Christianity. It's a organization devoted to pushing the ludicrous scam that Creationism is a valid scientific theory.
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Level 54
Nov 15, 2017
I never said Answers in Genesis was a denomination of Christianity. And you can't just say 'Christianity is ridiculous' and be right. I don't think I've ever heard you actually argue your position beyond blathering about how stupid we Christians are.
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Level 82
Mar 10, 2018
I would quote you but all of your words are three inches up the page... Answers in Genesis is insanity and lies. It is not logical. It is not a sect of Christianity. Most sects of Christianity do not officially hold a position on Creationism, the only one I'm aware of that does is Catholicism and the pope has officially endorsed Evolution, rejecting AiG. Denomination is a synonym for sect. I don't blather. If I did then you would be right to complain. There would be no need to blather about the subject you claim I blather about because you and others like you provide so much AMPLE evidence for it. You want proof for evolution? Don't look to the JetPunk comments section. This isn't the forum for that. Pick up a science text book and read.
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Level 75
Sep 19, 2018
"in an attempt to make it and supposedly separate denominations look unintelligent"
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Level 63
Jan 29, 2021
Answer in Genesis is hilarious, and if you can't appreciate it for the prank to con the stupid it clearly is, it's going to be very hard for you to follow any kind of argument.
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Level 82
Mar 21, 2021
It's not a prank (that would be some serious high-level trolling if it were!). At least not obviously. If you take the time to listen to Ken Ham's stupid beliefs and arguments, I do believe he is totally sincere and that he honestly believes in the literal truth of the Book of Genesis. Sometimes he's not 100% honest, sometimes he seems to have selective memory, and of course he is obviously very biased (which, to Ham's credit, he actually openly admits to (he just argues that everyone else (including all scientists) are equally as biased)). But... the same could be said for some other people commenting on this very page. And I don't think those people are trying to scam anyone. They're just human and opinionated.

Anyway, Ham, as scientifically illiterate as he may be, isn't just trying to trick you or make money. He legitimately believes this stuff and his arguments, though silly, at least have an internally consistent logic. Most of the time.

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Level 82
Mar 21, 2021
I'm sorry that I know so much about this, but I do. The chapter of my life where I was learning about it was invaluable, however, when it came later to learning about things like skepticism, bias, and objectivity. And human psychology in relation to these things. So in a way, I'm thankful that I was so wrong for so long. It was instructive.
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Level 50
Dec 8, 2016
Nevermind. I looked it up. Good to know.
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Level 45
Dec 8, 2016
why is "UK" not synonymous with United Kingdom; like it is on every other quiz?
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Level 59
Oct 9, 2017
It is
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Level 51
Dec 8, 2016
@samiamco: your post was in poor taste, but Mormons have thick skin.
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Level 82
Oct 9, 2017
who needs thick skin when you have bullet-proof underpants?
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Level 59
Mar 17, 2017
No Judaism?
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Level 66
Oct 9, 2017
No Tengrism?
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Level 44
Mar 31, 2018
No Zoroastrianism?
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Level 27
Apr 24, 2018
took me a while to get buddhism because I was confused - since Buddha was Nepalese I was like whaaaat lol but i guess India makes sense
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Level 54
Jun 24, 2020
Buddha was born in Nepal, but he spent all his life in India. So, that makes Buddhism an Indic religion.

Its just like how Hitler is associated with Germany, although he was born in Austria.

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Level 38
May 15, 2018
Confucianism isn't a religion, it is a philosophy.
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Level 75
Sep 12, 2018
And it's well known that L Ron Hubbard was a science fiction writer. So, you know, shmeh
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Level 74
Mar 13, 2019
every religious text is a work of fiction. how is his any different?
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Level 75
Jul 5, 2019
Because his has ghost aliens and spaceships and more advanced special effects
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Level 50
Nov 18, 2018
Jesus born in Bethlehem and died in Jerusalem, both Palestinian territory.
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Level 56
Feb 21, 2021
Yeah.... No. Just no.
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Level 53
Mar 29, 2019
Amazingly got them all, guessed on Cheondoism and Cao Dei because I don't know what they are
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Level 70
Jul 31, 2019
Same, you can tell from the structure of the words and start guessing countries from East/Southeast Asia.
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Level 51
Jan 23, 2020
Although called Roman Catholicism, the title just addresses the headquarters of the church, Rome, not the place where it originated, Israel. No other legitimate Christian church existed until Martin Luther created Lutheranism. I would suggest revising this to reflect the truth. Obviously there is no overarching church that governs all denominations, and we didn't have to distinguish specifically which church until many other denominations were created. Please consider changing this Italy----->Israel
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Level 72
May 17, 2020
"No other legitimate church existed until..." What about the eastern orthodox church and oriental churches? Are they not legitimate?
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Level 25
Jul 28, 2020
could you accept usa as well as united states
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Level 55
Aug 20, 2020
Could you please add Shia, Ibadhi, Sunni, and Judaism?
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Level 47
Aug 20, 2020
Ibadi is a subsect of Kharijite Islam.
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Level 82
Mar 21, 2021
If Israel is listed as the country of origin for Christianity, then Ethiopia should be listed as the country of origin for Rastafarianism.

In both cases, there was a person who became the messiah figure of these religions who lived (though, we have much stronger evidence that Selassie was even a real person than we do for Jesus, who may have been mythical) in these countries, but, while they were alive in those countries they did not believe they were founders of nor did they make any effort to begin a new religion. Jesus was Jewish. So were his followers. Selassie was Ethiopian Orthodox. And he had no followers who knew him.

In both cases, religions were formed later, in different places, by different people who never met these so-called messiahs. Marcus Garvey started Rastafarianism in Jamaica. Credit for the founding of Christianity most credibly goes to Paul the Apostle whose 1st century writings formed the basis of the new religion and its early belief system.

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Level 82
Mar 21, 2021
Paul wasn't from Israel. He was a Greek-speaking Roman citizen born in Turkey and he lived, traveled and wrote extensively around the Roman Empire in lands that are today in Turkey, Syria, Greece, and Italy. But not Israel. Not to the same extent.

The answers on the quiz are therefore inconsistent and a bit culturally chauvinistic. On the one hand, you are trusting Christian tradition that Jesus was the messiah and that he intended to make a new covenant with man. On the other hand, you are completely ignoring Rastafarian tradition that Selassie was the messiah and that his divine reign (and subsequent transformation into an object of worship) began when he ascended to the throne in Ethiopia. You are ignoring the historically accurate version of the founding of Christianity, where the religion was created by men with no special powers or relation to their messiah, while accepting the same historically accurate version of the origins of Rastafarianism.

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Level 82
Mar 21, 2021
A similar argument could be made for Islam... though this is hotly contested and we have no consensus among historians like we do about Paul the Apostle or Marcus Garvey... but there is a lot of historical evidence that the birthplace of Muhammad and original holiest city in Islam was in fact the Nabatean city of Petra, in Jordan, and not the Arabian city of Mecca. This is a lot cloudier than the Christianity/Rasta thing... but it would make sense to at least add Jordan as a correct type-in for Islam.

Final note: KSA is not accepted as a type-in for Saudi Arabia on this quiz, unlike other quizzes.