|Secular[a]/Nonreligious[b]/Agnostic/Atheist||≤ 1.1 billion|
|Chinese traditional religion[c]||394 million|
|Ethnic religions excluding some in separate categories||300 million|
|African traditional religions||100 million|
|Cao Dai||4 million|
|Size of Major Religious Groups, 2012|
|Pew Research Center, 2012|
And yet still, this is not a red flag to the true believers. Why the hell not?
The word divine means that it is 'of god', right? To me, that means what is being handed down is truly his divine word and there would only be one message, not a gazillion different ways of looking at things. For this very reason, having numerous, in my opinion - subjective interpretations - means that these religions are not imbued with his divine word, but rather all the different religions are man-made because every off-shoot has been tailored according to the one who initially heralded it. There seems to be no other take-away from this.
Not one person of faith has been able to detail to me how my thought process about this issue could be any different than what I've resolved in my head. My initial assumption is that religions (all) are basically just created to appease an individual's ideal about what religion means to them. They wear what feels right for them and then encourage others to follow their ideals. If they're lucky, it's popular and it grows. If not, it falls by the wayside and dies out.
Luckily, people with a natural bent towards the supernatural have so many to choose from that if they get bored with what they were indoctrinated with or the religion doesn't meet their needs anymore, they can switch and try on another more to their current liking.
For us non-believers we'll continue to just pick apart the illogical and continue to point out what so richly deserves to the criticized.