Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Unit 2: Religion
It was interesting to research religion in Russia, as compared to Poland and the United States. I expected the religious beliefs to be very similar to Poland, since the two countries are both Eastern European. While I found that Russia, Poland, and the US are all primarily believers in Christianity, the denominations (and diversity of other religions) varied greatly. Poland is mostly Roman Catholic, with very small percentages of other denominations and different religions. The US is a secular country, but the largest percentage of people (78% in 2007) identify themselves as Christians, and of those, 24% identify themselves as Roman Catholic. Aside from this, the US has the most diversity regarding other religions, such as Islam and Judaism. Russians, on the other hand, are primarily Christian Orthodox, and Roman Catholics are a minority. Islam and Judaism are also traditional and common religions in Russia, while they are minorities in Poland and the United States.