According to various pieces of information uncovered throughout the years, a wealth of international religions and founders have touched the lives of billions with various gateways of worship and belief. In this article, you will find dates to some of the most common, popular, and lesser-known religions.
In 2,085 BC, Abraham founded Judaism.
In 1,500 BC, Hinduism became a reality with no specific founder acknowledged.
In 560 BC, Gautama Buddha founded Buddhism.
In 550 BC, Lao Tzu founded Taoism, where the beliefs and principles have always been different in regards to various branches, as the religion has never been considered unified. Different teachings and additional revelations have always been a part of this belief system.
In 599 BC, Mahavira founded Jainism, which is also known traditionally as Jain Dharma. With roots in ancient India, Jainism is considered one of the oldest religions in the world. The Jains are guided by the teachings of the 24 Jinas (also known as conquerors), who are also referred to as the Tirthankaras. A main feature of the religion is that they believe on the instantaneous consequences that come with ones actions. In India, there are more than 4 million followers with growing numbers within the United States, Africa, Western Europe, and the Far East.
In 30 AD, Jesus Christ founded Christianity.
Between 50 and 100 AD, Gnosticism began, which is described in Wikipedia as a “diverse, syncretistic religious movement consisting of various belief systems generally united in the teaching that humans are divine souls trapped in a material world created by an imperfect spirit, the demiurge, who is frequently identified with the Abrahamic God.”
Between 150 and 250 AD, Modalism (Monarchianism) was founded with the help of Sabellius, Praxeus, Noetus, and Paul of Samosata. Monarchianism is based upon the belief that God is “one,” and that there is only one single ruler that is God. The name of this religious group comes from their practice of defending the Monarchy.
In 325 AD marked the moment that nearly 200 years of persecution, Constantine acknowledges the Church and legal religion is established, where compromises soon followed.
In 590 AD, Roman Catholicism comes after Constantine and is associated with Pope Gregory as one of its founders.
In 610 AD, Mohammed establishes Islam.
In 1400 AD, Rosicrucians emerge behind the guidance of Christian Rosenkreuz. In the United States, the presence of this belief system would emerge in 1694 with the help of Master Kelpius and Johann Andrea.
In 1515 AD, Protestantism (also referred to as Reformers) emerged with Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, and John Calvin leading the way.
In 1650 AD, the Dalai Lama founded Tibetan Buddhism.
In 1700 AD, Freemasony was created with the help of Albert Mackey and Albert Pike.
In Part 2 of ” Timeline of International Religions and Founders,” you will encounter the establishment of Mormonism, as well as find out the religion associated with Miki Maegawa Nakayama , a Japanese belief system described as a panentheist religion.