Of the world’s population of 7.8 billion, Christianity is the most widely practised religion in the world, with more than 2 billion followers. Next in popularity are 1.5 billion followers of Islam and 900 million Hindu. There are many beliefs that Christians have in common. There are however, not unsurprisingly, also many differences in the more than 21,000 Christian denominations.
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While Christianity started with a small group of adherents, many historians regard the spread and adoption of Christianity throughout the world as one of the most successful spiritual missions in human history.
There are as many political attitudes within Christianity as Christian denominations. Many Christian groups use text from millennia ago to justify marginalising attitudes to women and minority groups such as the rainbow community, citing tradition. Religion can be manipulated to subjugate women despite women tending overall to be more religious.
Of the Christian denominations, those in the Protestant division tend to be more forward thinking and liberal.