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28 November 2014

Religion around the world

Religious beliefs in Europe

51% of EU citizens believe there is a God  and over one in four (26%) believe there is some sort of spirit or life force. Only 20% said that they didn't believe that is any sort of spirit, God or life force.

Source Eurobarometer report Biotechnology 2010 (chapter 5.3) http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/ebs/ebs_341_en.pdf

Religions in Europe

Religion

Percentage of the population

Christian

71.34%

Non religious

21.45%

Muslim

6.07%

Buddhist

0.35%

Jew

0.29%

Other

0.19%

Hindu

0.14%

Ethnoreligionist

0.08%

Sikh

0.07%

Baha’i

0.01%

Chinese

0.01%

From Operation World 7th edition by Jason Mandryk, published by WEC and Biblica, 2010

Number of Christians in the world

There are an estimated 2.3 billion Christians in the world (from CIA Factbook 2012). Christianity is the fastest growing faith by conversion and also by natural growth (births minus deaths); according to figures from the World Christian Encyclopedia the numbers of new Christians each year is approximately 25 million.


Religious beliefs around the world

The CIA World Factbook website has the following estimated figures for religions in the world:

Religion

Percentage of the population

Christian

33.39%

Roman Catholic

16.85%

Protestants

6.15%

Orthodox

3.96%

Anglicans

1.26%

Muslims

22.74%

Hindus

13.8%

Buddhists

6.77%

Sikhs

0.35%

Jews

0.22%

Baha'is

0.11%

Other religions

10.95%

non-religious

9.66%

Atheists

2.01% (2010 estimates)


Using figures from The World's Religion in Figures by Todd Johnson, Peter Brierley, produced the following table:

 

 

1910

1950

1970

2000

2010

2025

%

%

%

%

%

%

No religion

0.2

6.7

19.2

12.9

11.8

10.2

Agnostics

0.2

5.1

14.7

10.7

9.8

8.6

Atheists

0.0

1.6

4.5

2.2

2.0

1.6

             

All religion

99.8

93.3

80.8

87.1

88.2

89.8

Christian

34.8

34.2

33.2

32.4

32.7

33.7

Muslim

12.6

13.6

15.6

21.1

22.5

24.6

Hindu

12.7

12.6

12.5

13.5

13.8

14.0

Buddhist

7.9

7.0

6.4

7.3

7.2

7.0

All others

31.8

25.9

13.1

12.8

12.0

10.5

World population

1.76 Billion

2.56 Billion

3.70 Billion

6.2 Billion

6.91 Billion

8.00 Billion

Source: Future First, December 2014