Bahai News - CHRISTIANITY ON THE RISE IN 21ST CENTURY?
CHRISTIANITY ON THE RISE IN 21ST CENTURY?
NEW YORK, (Zenit.org).- Despite the growth of Islam in recent years,
at least one reference work is predicting that Christianity´s share
of the world´s population will grow by 2050.
The updated World
Christian Encyclopedia, just published by Oxford University Press, says
that by midcentury there will be 3 billion Christians, constituting
34.3% of the world´s population, up from the current
Christians now number 2 billion and are divided into 33,820
denominations and churches, in 238 countries, and use 7,100 languages,
the encyclopedia says.
The first edition of this encyclopedia arrived
20 years ago. The current two-volume, 1,800-page work is edited by
American David B. Barrett, an Anglican minister with a background of
missionary activity in Kenya.
The encyclopedia estimates there are
about 10,000 religions in the world. Nonbelievers and atheists
constitute about 15% of the world´s population. Christians head the
list of religions; half of them, or 17.5% of the world´s population,
are Catholics. They are followed by Muslims, with 18.9%; Hindus, 13.3%;
Chinese religions (of which Confucianism is only a minimal part), 6.6%;
and Buddhists, 6%.
The Bahai faith comprises 0.1% of the world´s
population and is found in 218 countries. Jews comprise 0.2%. Christians
are in the majority in two-thirds of the world´s countries.
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