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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 77
Dec 11, 2013
100%. What was the update? Eastern Orthodoxy and Catholocism?
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level 77
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 72
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 77
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 75
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 52
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 21
May 4, 2014
No Judaism?
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level 44
Sep 30, 2014
I guess that Judaism's birtplace would be a little tricky to locate - Iraq (Abraham's dialogue with God), Israel (Jacob's dream) or Egypt (the vocation of Moses and the gift of the Torah on Mount Sinai)?
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level 77
Jun 13, 2015
Abraham was almost certainly a fictional character. There's zero archaeological evidence that the Moses/Exodus story is true and only the most pathetically scant evidence that any ancestors of the authors of the Old Testament were ever in Bronze Age Egypt. Judaism as an identifiable religion and Hebrew as a distinct ethnicity both emerge at the same time and in the same place- right around the end of the Bronze Age in the ancient kingdom of Judah. Israel.

Though, you actually have a point in the context of this quiz since Israel (and presumably Jesus) are given as the birthplace of Christianity, when really this religion in its original form was forged by Paul over the course of decades in Turkey, Syria, and Greece; and then cast in its more modern form in Rome when it was co-opted by Constantine. Jesus' followers, assuming they all existed, were Jews. Not Christians.
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level 77
Jun 13, 2015
and in that sense the quiz seems to be based more on tradition than history. So I'd say either Ur (Iraq) or Mt Zion (Israel) are the best answers for Judaism for the sake of consistency.
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level 15
Feb 13, 2016
Jesus's followers were Jewish by ethnicity, but a Christian is a follower of Jesus, so technically, Jesus's followers were both Jewish and Christians.
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level 77
Apr 19, 2016
Yere... they certainly did not think of themselves that way. They were Jews, following a Jewish apocalyptic/personality cult, centered around what they thought was the Jewish messiah. It didn't become a different religion until it became clear that Jesus wasn't coming back and the world wasn't going to end (any time soon) and they started preaching to and converting gentiles en masse, attempting to apply lessons extracted from the Jesus story to their lives somehow. Paul's musings on doing just this, and his letters to encourage these early followers, formed the basis of the Christian Bible which was written long after Jesus was dead.
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level 77
Oct 9, 2017
Another point to show that there's some inconsistency here: what about Rasta? The quiz gives the answer as Jamaica, presumably because the people who actually formed the religion were from Jamaica. However... Haile Selassie the Rastafari messiah was from Ethiopia. So... if Christianity can be said to have started with Jesus in Israel, then Rastafarianism should be said to have started in Ethiopia with Haile Selassie.

On the other hand if you're going to admit that it doesn't make sense to credit Selassie with starting a religion he had no intention to start and had no knowledge of... then the answer for Rastafarianism would be Jamaica and the answer for Christianity would be, as I said, Greece, Turkey, Syria, and/or Rome (Italy or the Vatican).
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level 75
Nov 23, 2018
U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
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level 43
Feb 18, 2019
maybe so, but they moved around, so like other people who did not settle down entirely, they did not leave much evidence behind. Plus, Abraham wouldn't have spoken Hebrew, so there's no reason for it to form until the 12 tribes settled down in Canaan.
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level 43
Feb 18, 2019
they did intend to start it like that, so i would say israel, where more than 500 people saw him and tried to tell everyone else what happened.
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level 77
Sep 23, 2019
Another interesting point in the same vein: there is a relatively new scholarly theory that Muhammad's hometown and the birthplace of and original holiest city for Islam was actually Petra, in modern-day Jordan, not Mecca. There's some pretty good evidence for this theory, and if true the answer for Islam would be Jordan (in truth), though Saudi Arabia (according to its tradition), just like the birthplace of Rastafarianism is Jamaica (in truth), but Ethiopia (according to its tradition); and the birthplace of Christianity is Corinth, Greece (in truth), but Israel (according to its tradition).
Should adopt either the former or latter standard for the sake of consistency.
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level 76
Jul 2, 2014
I typed Netherlands but it wasn't accepted. Why do we have to type "The"?
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level 68
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 72
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 70
Mar 5, 2015
since when don't you accept 'us' anymore?
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level 76
Sep 8, 2016
I thought the standard on this site was 'USA', not 'US.'
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level 67
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 75
Nov 23, 2018
Just type We in the nominative case and be done with it.
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level 62
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 15
Feb 13, 2016
I tried that, but I guessed every country except Switzerland
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level 42
Oct 25, 2015
I said Byzantine empire instead of Turkey
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level 42
Oct 25, 2015
But the quiz accepts some countries which aren't countries anymore like Scotland
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level 66
Dec 4, 2015
Shouldn't Vatican City be accepted for the Roman Catholics?
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level 78
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 15
Feb 13, 2016
Cool!
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level 71
Sep 8, 2016
That is cool!!
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level 15
Feb 13, 2016
I couldn't get Calvinism.
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level 76
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 69
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 51
Oct 23, 2017
It is indeed, though a monumentally stupid one.
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level 77
Nov 7, 2017
The way Scientologists look to you... that's how you look to everyone else. Just FYI.
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level 51
Nov 15, 2017
Except the 30% of the earth's population who agree with me.
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level 51
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 66
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 77
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 75
Nov 23, 2018
I hope I don't look like a Scientologist to everyone else.
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level 77
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 51
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 51
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 77
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 77
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 51
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 77
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 73
Sep 19, 2018
"in an attempt to make it and supposedly separate denominations look unintelligent"
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level 51
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 56
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 77
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 65
Oct 9, 2017
No Tengrism?
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level 44
Mar 31, 2018
No Zoroastrianism?
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level 25
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 37
May 15, 2018
Confucianism isn't a religion, it is a philosophy.
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level 73
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 66
Mar 13, 2019
every religious text is a work of fiction. how is his any different?
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level 73
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 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 66
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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