The word “extant” means: still in existence, i. e. not lost in the course of time.
This post presents a timeline of the major extant religions and culminates with a quick introduction to the last faith that began in the 19th century. Major extant religions emerged in the following order:
* 3rd millennium B.C.: Hinduism (India) and Shintoism (Japan);
* 13th century B.C.: Judaism (Palestine);
* 7th century B.C.: Zoroastrianism (Persia);
* 6th century B.C.: Taoism and Confucianism (China); Jainism and Buddhism (India, with roots in Hinduism);
* 1st century A.D.: Christianity (Jerusalem, with roots in Judaism);
* 7th century A.D.: Islam (Arabia, with roots in Judaism);
* 16th century A.D.: Sikhism (India, with roots in Hinduism);
* 19th century A.D.: Baha’ism (Persia, with roots in Islam).
Baha’ism is monotheistic .It is believed that the doctrines of Islam, Judaism and Christianity can be reconciled. This movement has never been accepted by Muslims, Jews, or Christians, nevertheless the community boasts an estimated 5 million converts, there are temples and shrines in India, the United States, the Middle East and other parts of the world. The YouTube video is a documentary about three Bahai believers.
Have you ever heard of the Bahá’í Faith?