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Statistics and Forecasts

Statistics and Forecasts for World Religions: 1800-2025.

cross Statistics and Forecasts for World Religions: 1800-2025:

The graphs and data below are based on the Status of Global Mission issued by Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.



cross Data Table

Totals in Millions

Year 1800 1900 1970 2000 2013 2025
Christians 204 558 1,229 1,985 2,355 2,707
Muslims 91 200 577 1,291 1,635 1,972
Hindus 108 203 463 825 982 1,104
Agnostics 0.3 3 543 655 684 701
Buddhists 69 127 235 448 510 561
Chinese Folk Religionists 310 380 227 428 433 418
Ethnoreligionists 92 117 169 218 243 239
Atheists 0.01 0.23 166 136 136 132
New-Religionists 0 6 39 61 63 64
Sikhs 1.8 3 11 21 25 30
Jews 9 12 14 14 15 15

Key Facts

  1. In 200 years (from 1800-2000), the world population increased more than 6 times, but the Christian Population increased faster over the same period (over 9 times).

  2. For the period 2000-2013, the figures in point 1. above equate to an average annual growth rate of 1.18% v 1.32%. The corresponding growth rate for Islam is 1.84%, making it the religion with the highest growth rate over the period.

  3. As a percentage of the World Total, the Christian Population increased from 22.7% to 32.4%, with a projected figure of 33.8% for 2025.




Key Facts

  1. For the period 2000-2013, Christianity grew fastest in Africa, with a rate of 2.68% p.a. The lowest growth rate was in Europe, at 0.22% p.a.

  2. By 2025, the African continent is expected to surpass Latin America as the Continent with a most numbers of Christians (forecast number: 688 Million).



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