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Great data on Christianity viz a viz other religions March 15, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, Society.
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Via Steve K, a link to a site that gives comprehensive data on the size of various religions, their growth rates, number of births per year, conversions, etc.  Suffice it to say, Christianity remains the world’s largest religion, and it is growing faster than Islam or any other major Faith (surprisingly, Zoroasterianism is the fastest growing religion by percentage – I have no idea why).  There are over 2 billion Christians now, with about 3/4 of them residing in the great Liturgical Churches – Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy.   The numbers indicate that Christianity will remain the largest religion in the world for all of my life and the entire foreseeable future. 

Overview

The largest overall religions:

1900 1) Christianity 2) Chinese folk-religions 3) Hinduism
1970 1) Christianity 2) Islam 3) Hinduism
1990 1) Christianity 2) Islam 3) Hinduism
1995 1) Christianity 2) Islam 3) Hinduism
2000 1) Christianity 2) Islam 3) Hinduism
2025 1) Christianity 2) Islam 3) Hinduism
2050 1) Christianity 2) Islam 3) Hinduism

The five fastest growing religions in terms of absolute numbers (new adherents per year, in millions):

1. Christianity 25,210,195
2. Islam 22,588,676
3. Hinduism 12,533,734
4. Chinese folk-religions 3,715,548
5. Buddhism 3,687,527
Religion Numbers % Countries
Christianity 1,999,563,838 33.0% 238
Islam 1,188,242,789 19.6% 204
Hinduism 811,336,265 13.4% 114
Buddhism 359,981,757 5.9% 126
Sikhism 23,258,412 0.4% 34
Judaism 14,434,039 0.2% 134
Bahá’í 7,106,420 0.1% 218
Confucianism 6,298,597 0.1% 15
Jainism 4,217,979 0.1% 10
Shinto 2,761,845 0.0% 8
Taoism 2,654,514 0.0% 5
Zoroastrianism 2,543,950 0.0% 24
Other 1,632,648,595 26.9%
Total 6,055,049,000 100% 238

Another interesting note – Christianity is the only religion to exist in all 238 countries.  It is truly catholic.

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