Nelson Mandela was raised as a Christian and is thought to have been a Methodist. He became the first black South African president on May 10, 1994, and served until June 14, 1999. Mandela served 27 years of a life sentence for his campaigns against apartheid.Know More
Mandela was born Rolihlahla Mandela on July 18, 1918, in Mvezo. He belonged to the Madiba clan. When Mandela began school, he was given the name Nelson based on the custom to give all children names considered "Christian." While it is believed Mandela belonged to the Methodist church, many members of his family are Jehovah's Witnesses.
After leaving the presidency, Mandela focused on charity work and founded the Nelson Mandela Foundation. He died at the age of 95 on December 5, 2013.Learn more about Religion
More than 60 percent of Australians identify themselves as Christian; the majority of Christians in Australia are Roman Catholics. Like the United States, Australia does not have an official national religion. Freedom of religion is an important value to many Australians.Full Answer >
Worldwide, the Christian religion leads as the religion with most followers: 32 percent of the global population belongs to a Christian sect, which breaks down into 2.2 billion followers. Christians, like followers of other religions, identify themselves generally as Christians, or belong to sects of that religion. Christians live in all areas of the world, but the largest segments live in Europe — 26 percent — Latin America and the Caribbean at 24 percent and southern Africa, which also contains 24 percent of the worldwide Christian population.Full Answer >
The predominant religion in Israel is Judaism, as more than 75 percent of the population identifies as Jewish. Islam is the second most popular religion in the nation, with more than 16 percent of the population identifying as Muslim. Christianity and Druze are the two other prominent religions in the country. Two percent of the country is Christian, and less than two percent identify as Druze.Full Answer >
Religion is important to society because it helps to regulate behavior. Religion teaches people specific rules, laws and morals to follow.Full Answer >