Timeline of Eastern and Western Religions

Events

African Polytheism

Approx. 6000 B.C.

Though to be earliest signs of African Polytheism. Dates when various religions founded could not be found. There is not a lot of documentation of African Polytheism's history

Hinduism

5500 B.C.

Approximate date of Hinduism. Hard to pinpoint due to the belief that Hinduism has always been around.

Taoism

1600 B.C. - 1046 B.C.

Taoism develops during Shag Dynasty

Taoism

907 B.C. - 756 B.C.

Taoism loses popularity replaced by Buddhism and Confucianism.

Taoism

756 B.C. - 712 B.C.

Taoism becomes the official religion of China.

Shinto

720 B.C.

More myths added to collection forming basis of Shinto religion

Shinto

714 B.C. - 708 B.C.

Written collection of myths forming basis of religion.

Hinduism

700 B.C.

Texts formed for basis of Hinduism.

Islam

630 B.C.

Muhammad returns to Mecca, which is though to have been the birthplace of Islam.

Buddhism

624 B.C.

Birth of Buddha. Born a prince he retired to the forrest at 29 where he followed a spiritual life of meditation.

Islam

610 B.C.

Islam religion originated.

Islam

610 B.C.

Islam religion founded. 1st revelation to Muhammad by angel Gabriel.

Confucianism

551 B.C.

Confucius born

Confucianism

522 B.C.

Confucius starts to teach

Confucianism

479 B.C.

Confucius dies

Legalism

475 B.C. - 221 B.C.

School of Chinese Philosophy

Celts

400 B.C.

Celts had settled in many European countries.

Legalism

390 B.C. - 338 B.C.

Shang Yang important teacher of Legalism

Celts

323 B.C.

Celts invade Greece

Legalism

300 B.C. - 200 B.C.

Qin Dynasty adopts legalism

Celts

224 B.C. - 220 B.C.

Romans conquer Celts

Greco-Roman

100 B.C. - 1 B.C.

Another Polytheist religion. Again dates are hard to find. Myths documented and handed down but dates were were not.

Buddhism

67 B.C.

Arrival of Buddhism in China.

Christianity

1 A.D.

Jesus born. Though to be the Messiah by some, others thought he was just a prophet.

Christianity

30 A.D.

Jesus executed. Christianity started with Jesus' teachings.

Christianity

45 A.D. - 57 A.D.

Paul travels spreading the teachings of Jesus. Was not one of the apostles but had a vision.

Judaism

60 A.D.

Jewish rebellion against Roman Empire.

Judaism

70 A.D.

Rome storms Jerusalem wiping out all but western wall of temple complex. This is considered holiest Jewish shrine.

Judaism

73 A.D.

Jewish fortress lasted until 73 A.D.

Buddhism

522

Buddhism introduced to Japan

Shinto

550 AD - 600 AD

Shinto becomes the official native religion of Japan

amerindians

900 A.D.

Iroquois League though to have been around. Dates for Amerindians are to find