Via the Friendly Atheist, there’s a huge infographic that allows you to view a World Religions Tree that shows how each religion and its offshoots came about. It’s fascinating especially to see how the many branches of Christianity have interacted as compared with the other religions of the world.
For example, the Methodist branch stems from the John Wesley Reform. Here’s that segment, though I’m not sure of its complete accuracy (I don’t see the Evangelical United Brethren on that chart, for example). Regardless, you can see the myriad of churches and offshoots of the Wesleyan movement that came about, including Pentecostalism, from just one man. Amazing!
In fact, when you click on it and scroll to it, you see that the graphic claims that the John Wesley Reform was a convergence of two traditions: The Church of England AND a group I had never heard of called the Waldenses. What? Here’s some information about it. Some historians will have to explain that convergence to me.
So, a helpful resource for explaining the origins of many segments of faith traditions as well as to see how small a slice of humanity each “the true way” really has convinced in the grand scheme of faith.