Apr 10, 2015

The Religious Landscape of the Next 35 Years

A recent report from Pew Research shows what the religious landscape will look like for the next 35 years if current trends continue.

There are some rapid changes taking place that should be noted.
  • Christians will remain the largest group.
  • Islam is the fastest growing.
  • By 2050,  the number of Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians around the world.
  • Atheists, agnostics and other people who do not affiliate with any religion – though increasing in countries such as the United States and France – will make up a declining share of the world’s total population.
  • The global Buddhist population will be about the same size it was in 2010, while the Hindu and Jewish populations will be larger than they are today.
  • In Europe, Muslims will make up 10% of the overall population.
  • India will retain a Hindu majority but also will have the largest Muslim population of any country in the world, surpassing Indonesia.
  • In the United States, Christians will decline from more than three-quarters of the population in 2010 to two-thirds in 2050.
  • Judaism will no longer be the largest non-Christian religion. Muslims will be more numerous in the U.S. than people who identify as Jewish on the basis of religion.
  • Four out of every 10 Christians in the world will live in sub-Saharan Africa.
The bottom line...there are billions of kids and families who don't know Jesus.  Jesus loves each of them and has called us to take His message of forgiveness to them.


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