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Study: 2.6 Billion of World Population Expected to Be Christian by 2020
Christian Post ^ | 07/22/2013 | Jessica Martinez

Posted on 07/22/2013 9:07:29 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

A new global Christianity report predicts that there will be 2.6 billion Christians by 2020, with most of the growth expected in the global South while Christianity continues to decline in the global North.

The study conducted by U.S.-based Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary titled, "Christianity In Its Global Context, 1970-2010", offers a timely overview of the changing context of Christianity since 1970, while looking forward to 2020. The data in the study also details the religious and social contexts of each of the 21 United Nations regions and the changes that will occur within them.

Todd Johnson, director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, noted that while 2.6 billion is a daunting figure, there has been and will continue to be a decline in the number of Christians in North America and Europe. "Secularization is strong here, but it's far more pervasive in Europe. People are now choosing for themselves instead of following a religion established by a state or a country," said Johnson to The Christian Post on Thursday.

According to the report, Christianity in Europe rose from 75 percent in 1970 to 78.6 percent in 2010, mostly attributed to the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. But the report shows that Christianity in Europe is expected to decline to 78.0 percent by 2020.

"In Europe, modern science pushes religion and sees it as a myth or superstition," said Johnson, referring to the cause for agnosticism. "People think that church and state are too closely aligned so when people do have a choice, they're not interested in Christianity as a national religion," he added.

In North America, Christianity is expected to decline from 91 percent in 1970 to 76.9 percent in 2020. This drastic decline can mostly be attributed to Canada, where the Christian population fell from 94.5 percent of the population in 1970 to 69.4 percent in 2010, and is expeced to drop to 66.0 percent in 2020. The United States, meanwhile, saw its Christian population drop from 90.9 percent in 1970 to 80.1 percent in 2012, and is projected to drop to 78.1 percent in 2020.

Agnosticism is the second-largest tradition in every country in North America, and is projected in the United States to triple in 2020 compared to the 1970 percentages, and increase by a factor of seven in Canada during the same time period.

Despite a decline in religion in Europe and North America, out of the projected 2.6 billion Christians, 700 million Pentecostals and Charismatics are presumed to grow almost twice as fast as global Christianity as a whole, and will account for nearly 27 percent of all Christians seven years from now.

In Latin America, while Christians are expected to decline from 94.2 percent of the population in 1970 to 92.1 percent in 2020, overall Latin American Christians are increasing as a percentage of the global Christian population. But evangelicals are expected to increase from 3 percent of the population in 1970 to 9 percent in 2020, while specifically Charismatics are expected to grow from 4 percent to 31 percent.

Johnson said studies support the fact that people really desire a personal encounter within their religion and attributes Pentecostals and Charismatics as socially engaging which attracts even more people to join their movements. Furthermore, he adds that non-western nations seek an explanation of the supernatural such as the existence of satan and demons and they are able to retain those beliefs with the Pentecostal tradition.

Christianity is also expected to continue to grow quickly in Asia, rising from 4.5 percent in 1970 to 9.2 percent in 2020. Likewise, Christians in Africa are expected to increase from 38.7 percent in 1970 to 49.3 percent in the 2020. The study also found that Roman Catholics and Anglicans are a rapidly growing group in the region and by the year 2000, the Anglican Church was larger in Africa than in Europe, where it originated.

Despite the growth of Christianity, Christians still have little interaction with members of other world religions, the report noted.

"There is a lack of personal contact between Christians, Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. Many reported that they don't know a Christian and it's a crisis to be out of relationship with people," said Johnson. "From psychology, we learn that when people don't know people, they are afraid of them and that's a problem that Christians face today in the preaching of the gospel."


TOPICS: Current Events; Ministry/Outreach
KEYWORDS: christianity; christianpopulation; christians; evangelism; population

1 posted on 07/22/2013 9:07:29 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 07/22/2013 9:10:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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3 posted on 07/22/2013 9:11:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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4 posted on 07/22/2013 9:13:29 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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5 posted on 07/22/2013 9:14:39 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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From the linked article, "Christianity in its Global Context, 1970–2020: Society, Religion, and Mission," page 9:

"The World Christian Database defines “Christians” as “followers of Jesus Christ of all kinds; all traditions and confessions; and all degrees of commitment. Christians are enumerated in two primary ways: first, from the point of view of the state, society at large, or the general public, such as in government censuses or public opinion polls; and second, from the perspective of the churches, where denominations report membership figures (usually including children)."

Jesus suggested that the reality will be somewhat more exclusive.

6 posted on 07/22/2013 9:24:13 AM PDT by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God IS, and (2) God IS GOOD?)
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According to the report, Christianity in Europe rose from 75 percent in 1970 to 78.6 percent in 2010, mostly attributed to the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. But the report shows that Christianity in Europe is expected to decline to 78.0 percent by 2020.

How can 3/4 of the population be considered Christian, and yet the Muslims are still taking over?

7 posted on 07/22/2013 9:26:03 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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Note that most of the growth is in EASTERN EUROPE.

That’s probably the part where Muslims are not (yet) taking over.


8 posted on 07/22/2013 9:35:27 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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How can 3/4 of the population be considered Christian, and yet the Muslims are still taking over?


Because the Christians aren’t as devoted as the Muslims?


9 posted on 07/22/2013 9:35:37 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds are diseased.)
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How can 3/4 of the population be considered Christian, and yet the Muslims are still taking over?

A 10% muslim contingent within a population puts it well on the road to ruin. Muslims don't mind killing, raping, burning, pillaging, whatever, to destroy a civilization.

Too many so-called Christians just turn the other cheek, again and again and again. They willfully ignore the fact that Christians have fought against evil for many centuries prior to this current crop of brainwashed capitulators.

Turning the other cheek when faced with pure evil -- is pure evil itself.

10 posted on 07/22/2013 9:38:29 AM PDT by meadsjn
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First, it depends on what your definition of "Christian" is is.

I remember Ozzy Ozborn saying in an interview back in the day "Oh I'm Christian". He didn't say that he WAS a Christian, he said that he was Christian, like the society in general was a Christian society, therefore he was Christian.

Second, there is a big difference between the "seriousness" the Christians and Muslims exercise their religions. The "devout" Muslim will kill the less devout, so the less devout better get devout real fast.

11 posted on 07/22/2013 9:42:14 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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RE: The “devout” Muslim will kill the less devout, so the less devout better get devout real fast.

But wouldn’t more Muslims becoming “devout” add to the Killer population?


12 posted on 07/22/2013 9:49:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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No wonder Islamists/Mohammedans are killing Christians as fast as possible.

Methinks we should nuke Mecca and Medina...maybe Qom too.

Imho of course.

5.56mm

13 posted on 07/22/2013 9:52:29 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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But wouldn’t more Muslims becoming “devout” add to the Killer population?

Pretty much. That's the question I was answering, why Islam was taking over Europe. They are developing more killers.

14 posted on 07/22/2013 9:53:12 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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2.6 Billion of World Population Expected to Be Christian by 2020

The Religion of Terror Morons are not glad... They want it (and all other religion) to be banned..

I'd rather ban ISLAM

15 posted on 07/22/2013 9:53:56 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Ben Carson/Rand Paul or Sara/Nikki in 2016)
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This confirms what Philip Jenkins has been writing and teaching on, the growing global south Christianity.


16 posted on 07/22/2013 2:05:54 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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Look for the global south Christian communities to send missionaries to the global north.


17 posted on 07/22/2013 2:07:27 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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I now live in Ormoc City, Leyte Province, Philippines. I attend Bible Baptist Church. It is a missions oriented church, more than just a local assembly. They have a Bible College, with around 50 students currently, and a Christian school.

My pastor preaches Christ. He has an altar call and is baptizing 10-20new converts each month. The church is 20+ years old., but isn't filled (though mostly). Instead, he helps start new local assemblies, staffing them with new pastors trained by the College.

This college is entirely supported by the membership and they are mission oriented, as well. The focus in Asians to Asians, primarily Filipinos, but also they have sent missionaries to Indonesia, and several other countries.

The college students pay no tuition, are furnished with atwo year education INCLUDING room and board (rice is the staple here, but has increased in price by 40% over the past two years to 1800 pesos/$45 +/- per 50kilo bag).

Pastor Emmanuel Bereso is a humble man with a heart to spread Christ in the middle of a Roman Catholic nation. The zeal and love shines through him into his congregation. His love of Christ is as clear as the rain falling from the sky here. I an privileged to be here and helping where I can.

The Philippines is showing a decline on that chart, but from what I am seeing with my own eyes, Christ is winning new souls daily. There is a new church mission in Albuera (15k south), a year old. The young pastor there is a Filipino trained in Ohio. He and his wife and three children live in a one bedroom "parsonage", attached to the Sunda School building, and all of this was built with donations from the congregation. He is always on the move. Their church is filled on Sundays, Wednesdays, and any time the doors are open. BUT, he has also set up house meetings in local neighbor hoods all over the area. That is why they are growing. He is only one example of Pastor Emmanuel's crop and I could name many more...

It is an Independent Baptist Church. It is dependent only on Christ!

If you want to help, send donations to:

Bible Baptist Church
Purok 6, Brgy. Linao,
Ormoc City, 6541, Philippines.

Rev. Emmanuel S. Bereso

18 posted on 07/22/2013 2:40:31 PM PDT by WVKayaker ("Our nation endures and our government... has not perished from the earth."-Sarah Palin 7/1/13)
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