|Dynamics of Religions in the World|
Today, the population of the World is 6 055 049 000 people. During the 20th Century the population of the World grew almost four times, and within the next 50 year, it will grow by one third. Experts estimate that by 2050 the population of the World will be around 9 billion people.
The biggest, but not dominating, religion is Christianity (33.0% of the whole population).
The fifth part of the Earth professes Islam (19.6% of the population of the Earth).
13.4% profess Hinduism.
Less than 1 percent are the following small religious groups:
Each of these religions has the same number of adherents as or more than the population of an average European country. For example, there are 1.5 times more Judaists than people living in such countries as Austria, Greece or Portugal. Adherents of almost religious professions or quasi-religions are 80 million people, which is approx. 1.4% of the population of the World.
Non religious people constitute 12.7% of the population of the Earth. People who do not profess any religion must not automatically be attributed to atheists. Non-religious people can be just beyond religions. Some people just do not want to belong to any confession because of different reasons and they may even not be able to define or formulate their religious attitude and religions feelings. This group of people includes those who are non-religions and those who are beyond religion. There is no good religion for them, therefore there is no religiousness for them either
The people of no religion or opponents of religions are atheists (2.5% of the population of the World). Denying any religions, these people have a lot of attributes of a religious mind. Atheists deeply believe in the absence, the same way the religious believe in the presence.
Non-religious and atheists constitute 15.2% of the population of the World.
The figures above show the distribution of religions in the world. But religion is dynamic. To have full understanding, it is necessary to know dynamics of its development and to compare it with other religions. This way we will have understanding not only of the vitality of our religion, but also about the global processes occurring around religions.
Figures and Processes:
I. Population of the World
The growth of Christian population which is third of the population of the Earth is twice slower than growth of the rest of the population (who is non-Christian).
VI. Folk Religions
VII. Chinese Folk Religion
VIII. New Asian religions
XI. Non-Christian Spiritualists
Dynamics of Christians Confessions:
1. Catholic church - growth of 1.3 % or 13.5 million people per year.
2. Independent Christian churches - growth of 2.5 % or 9.5 million person per year.
3. Protestants - growth of 1.4 % or 4.85 million person per year.
4. Anglicans - growth of 1.56 % or 1.24 million person per year
5. Orthodox - growth of 0.54 % or 1.17 million person per year.
6. Marginal Christian groups - growth of 1.68 % or 0.4 million (440 thousand) person per year.
Some Figures from History:
During all the 20 centuries, Christians were only 24 % (8 816 million people) of all people. The numbers indicate the discrepancy between what the real supporters of the Christianity assert and the influence the Christianity has on the World's history (for example, the strange correlation between the quality and the quantity).
Martyrs of the early Christianity played a great role in the development and spreading of the Christianity. Their mission was mostly ideological. They revolutionized minds of people. It is amazing how many times the number of the martyrs of the 20th Century exceed the number of all the martyrs of the previous centuries.
Distribution of the Population by Continent:
Distribution of Religions by Continents:
Non-Religious and Atheists:
Composed with the material of the World Christian Encyclopedia. 2nd edition. A comparative survey of churches and religions in the modern world. Oxford University Press. 2001.