- For criticism see Criticism of World religion
World religion can mean
- any religion in the world (as distinct from any hypothetical extraterrestrial religions that may exist)
- a "major" religion (this itself may have different meanings)
- a universal religion
- a major universal religion (i.e. Christianity, Islam or Buddhism)
- The Times World Religions, 2002, covers sense 1, but has a part headed "World religions", in sense 2
- Bechert & Gombrich, World of Buddhism, Thames & Hudson, 1984: Bechert on page 7 uses sense 3, while Gombrich on page 9 says there are only the 3 noted above under sense 4, so is presumably using the term in that sense.