What is the ‘Fastest Growing Religion’?

May 28, 2011

It is very common to hear that Islam is the world’s fastest growing religion. Here is an article on cnn stating this.  This case is made by studies (such as one by U.S. Center for World Mission) that show that as a percentage of the whole Islam is growing at a rate of 2.9%  and Christianity is growing at a rate of 2.3%. From there it is easy to throw a projection out into the future and show that if the rates of growth remain the same that Islam will surpass Christianity at some point. But this is really not a helpful way to look at things.

In terms of numbers, Christians add more to their numbers every year than Islam. Multiply 2.9% times the total number of Muslims (1.3Billion) and multiply 2.3% times the total number of Christians (2.1 Billion) and you will see that every year Christians add about 11 million more people to our ranks than Islam does.

But what about the rate? Islam is much smaller than Christianity. The smaller you are the less people you need to add every year to grow at a faster rate. If you want to use growth rate as the judge of the fastest growing religion (not adjusted for size) than Islam is nowhere near the fastest growing. Some cult you and I have never heard of is growing at a rate of 100% because Jimmy Joe Cult leader from a suburb of Saginaw just convinced another couple to join him and his wife at their compound in the woods. At that rate, the cult of Jimmy Joe will be the world’s largest religion by far in 100 years!

So what do I expect to happen over the next century? It is very difficult to predict what will happen to birth rates and conversion rates in the future. Islam has higher birth rates in many areas right now but certainly not everywhere. For example, the highest birth rates in the world are in Sub-Saharan Africa where Christianity is much more prevalent than Islam. Further more, Christianity tends to win converts at a much higher rate. So, what is with the lower growth rate in the world today? I would point to Europe. For the last 1000 years Europe was Christendom. That is where the stronghold of the Christian numbers were. But today, many countries in Europe have lost large numbers of adherents. Western Europe is now only 60% self proclaimed Christians. Further more, Europe has incredibly low fertility rates. As a continent, they are well below the replacement rate (2.1) at 1.5 babies per adult female.

And while this situation in Europe may be discouraging, I think this should be a huge encouragement when reflecting on the overall growth of Christianity. Think about it: Christendom collapsed in terms of adherents and birth rate and yet Christianity grew dramatically in the 20th century. It is unlikely that another cultural shakeup like we saw in the 20th century will happen in the 21st. Further more, there are indications that Europe’s slide into secularization may be slowing. From the Wall Street Journal:

After decades of secularization, religion in Europe has slowed its slide toward what had seemed inevitable oblivion. There are even nascent signs of a modest comeback. Most church pews are still empty. But belief in heaven, hell and concepts such as the soul has risen in parts of Europe, especially among the young, according to surveys. Religion, once a dead issue, now figures prominently in public discourse.

And the fertility rates are tied directly to religious fervor. From the European Journal of Population:

By every available measure, American women are more religious than European women. Catholic and Protestant women have notably higher fertility than those not belonging to any denomination in the US and across Europe. In all European regions and in the United States as well as among all denominations the more devout have more children.

So, in places like Europe, you are seeing a slowing of secularization and higher birth rates among the devout Christians. This doesn’t indicate to me that the 20th century slide will continue in the 21st. Further, the rest of the world helped maintain Christian growth in the 20th century and this growth is giving every indication of continuing. The church continues to make unbelievable gains Southeast Asia, Africa and South America.

Amazingly, despite the heavy persecution, Christianity is even making gains in some Islamic nations. Time Magazine reports:

More surprising, though, is the boom in Christianity[in the Islamic nation of Indonesia]…..the number of Asian Christian faithful exploded to 351 million adherents in 2005, up from 101 million in 1970, according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, based in Washington, D.C.

All of this indicates to me that Christianity is going to continue to be the largest religion and that far from losing this position, it will expand greatly in the 21st century.

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17 Responses to “What is the ‘Fastest Growing Religion’?”

  1. Kommish Says:

    The one problem is many “self-proclaimed” Christians are not Christians. Also, of those that truly are Christians, most of us aren’t taking the Gospel to others. If we truly had 2.1 Billion Christians in the world, or basically 1/3 of the earth’s population, and a majority of them were reaching others with the Gospel, this world would be turned upside down for Jesus Christ.

    American Christianity is basically dying. Christianity is growing pretty good in those countries, mostly Asian, where there is persecution, which is how it was in the Bible.

    One last thing. Children being born to Muslims are WAY more likely to become Muslim adults than children born to Christian parents are to become Christian adults, especially in the US.

    • WVS Says:

      Hi Kommish, Here are my responses after your //comments//

      //The one problem is many “self-proclaimed” Christians are not Christians.//

      Well, that can go many different ways. Many self proclaimed Muslims are not really Muslims. Many self proclaimed atheists actually believe in God. Taking polls on religion is really difficult. The only consistent way is simply to people at their word. Not all Muslims do what they are supposed to do. Not all Hindus do. Not all atheists do.

      //American Christianity is basically dying. //

      American Christianity is not dying at all. Evangelicals have risen to a full quarter of the population (up from the teens fifty years ago). In America you have a weird dichotomy where things are getting more secular and more religious simultaneously. The number of Evangelicals and the number of secularists are on the rise.

      //One last thing. Children being born to Muslims are WAY more likely to become Muslim adults than children born to Christian parents are to become Christian adults, especially in the US.//

      This is simply not true. Devout Christians in America and the world over have as many or more kids than Muslims.

      • The Emperor's New Clothes Says:

        Christianity is a fiction.

        It is a disease, a sickness, a pathology, a poison.

        It has not been helpful to humanity in finding the truth in any sense.

        It has been trying to propagate lies so continuously that they have almost become truth.

        Jesus had never even heard the name Christianity. It has been imposed on him, he was not the founder of Christianity.

        His life was written eighty years after his death, by people who had not directly known him.

        Now even Christian scholars have come to the conclusion that the Christian gospels were not written by the apostles but were written by somebody else, because the mountains described are not in the same place where they are described in the gospels. The rivers described
        are not in the same place where they are described in the gospels.

        Everything was written by people who had not known Jesus Christ, and neither had they lived with Jesus Christ.

        Who exactly was the founder of Christianity?

        One thing is certain, Jesus was not. He never thought about founding a religion, he was simply telling the Jews, “I am your last prophet.” He died on the cross as a Jew.

        You can find Buddhism in the teachings of Gautam Buddha; he was the founder. You can find in the teachings of Mahavira that he was the founder of Jainism. You can find in the teachings of Lao Tzu that he was the founder of Taoism. But it is a very strange thing about Christianity: Jesus had no idea at all, was not interested in creating a new religion.

        Then who founded Christianity?

        The man who founded it – you will not believe it – was the Emperor Constantine. The church knows it, but does not allow the public to know it.

        Emperor Constantine of Rome, who headed the Council of Nicea, died as a Christian, but he was baptized only on his deathbed. His whole life he was the high priest of the Sun God religion, which was why he changed the sabbath from Saturday, which was Jesus’ sabbath day, to Sunday. Jews still have their sabbath on Saturday, and Jesus also had lived his whole life believing in the sabbath on Saturday. How did it
        become Sunday?

        It was Constantine, who was a worshipper of the Sun God. Sunday represents the sun; the followers of the sun have always believed that Sunday is a holy day.

        It was Constantine who was actually the founder of Christianity. He was the decisive factor in the Council of Nicea. It was under his pressure – because he was the emperor of Rome – that the priests voted for the divine personality of Jesus. He made Jesus a divine person. It
        was his creation, his invention.

        Constantine saw Jesus as a failed messiah, with himself as the real messiah – and his view was ratified by the famous Christian bishop, Eusebius of Caesarea, who said, “It is as if the religion of Abraham is at last fulfilled, not in Jesus, but in Constantine.”

        He also changed Jesus’ birthday from January sixth to December twenty-fifth, the day of the solar rebirth. The twenty-fifth of December, which is celebrated all over the world, is not Jesus’ birthday. The whole idea of their Christmas is bogus – and the church knows it perfectly well but won’t allow people to know about it.

        Jesus was born on January sixth, but under Constantine’s influence and power, it was changed to December twenty-fifth, the day of the solar rebirth. It is thought by the sun worshippers that the sun was born on the twenty-fifth of December.

        The whole of Christianity is living in utter darkness.

        Constantine, killed ten thousand people in a single day. He just called an assembly of all those who were not Catholics in a great auditorium in Rome, and ordered the army to kill everybody: “We don’t want anybody other than Christians in Rome.” He forced the whole of Italy to become Christian… just at the point of a sword.

        The whole history of Christianity is of wars and nothing else – killing and violence.

        To belong to a religion is not an experience, it is just a belief system in which you have been brought up.

        It is all borrowed.

        Your whole life is being guided by others.

        Because you don’t know what authentic religiousness is.

        All that your mind knows has come either from the parents, or from the priest, or from the teachers, or from the society.

        Just watch, and you will not be able to find a single thought that is original to you.

        All is borrowed; mind lives on borrowed knowledge.

        You are living with borrowed ideas.

        And remember that truth cannot be borrowed.

        Either it is yours, or it is not there.

        You have heard other people saying that there is a God, but have you met anyone who has seen God?

        The end result of believing, of having faith in a truth that you have not realized yourself.

        It is hearsay.

        The Bible says God created man in his own image.

        The reality is just the opposite: man has created God in his own image.

        And he has been trying to refine the image of God, finding explanations for all kinds of absurdities.

        It is mere theology, it is all mind-projection.

        There is no God, has never been, all definitions are inventions.

        Only people who have a childish mind, can believe in the fiction of God, can believe in heaven and hell, can pray to the empty sky.

        The ordinary masses whose average intelligence quotient is not more than seven years. (their bodies go on growing to seventy, eighty, but the mind stays somewhere between seven and fourteen; very rarely a man passes beyond fourteen)

        God is an insult to existence, to intelligence, to man, to consciousness, to everything!

        God-oriented religions are a disease of the soul, a sickness of the mind, because God is only your fear, your dread, your anxiety, your insecurity.

        To think of God as a person is just your imagination.

        There is no person as God; all personality is human projection.

        And God being a fiction, your prayer is false, and your religiousness is imposed.

        Anything imposed from outside destroys you, your freedom, your individuality.

        Your inner space is completely closed.

        Belief in God is keeping billions of people locked outside their own consciousness.

        All that is needed is to drop all sick fantasies.

        Christianity has nothing worthwhile that can be supported by intelligence.

        It is all psychological sickness.

        Osho – Christianity the deadliest poison

      • WVS Says:

        Hi ENC,

        Wow. You posted a lot here. There are two general statements that I will respond to. The first is the idea that the gospels were written so far after Christ that they are not valuable to learn about Christ. This is simply not true. Richard Bauchham of St Andrews in Scotland wrote a brilliant book about the fact that the latest scholarship is coming to the consensus that gospels were written by either eyewitnesses or by people who had interviewed eyewitnesses. Scholars like NT Wright (Oxford, Cambridge) have argued that the gospel stories only make sense within middle first century Jewish literature (placing them very near the age of Jesus). The bottom line is that the gospels and the New Testament are actually quite reliable to learn about Jesus.

        The second is the idea that Christianity has been bad for the world. Again this is simply wrong. Oppression is not specific to the Christian world. Every society in history has had oppression. The few atheist experiments (French Revolution, Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany, China, Cuba) have far exceeded any horror perpetrated by Christian governments both in terms of dead and in terms of oppression. Other religions don’t have a better track record either. No, the problem is not Christianity the problem is that humans have pretty wicked natures. I would argue that Christianity has been a positive influence on holding back the wicked human impulses. Christians ended the infanticide that was widespread in the Roman Empire. We started hospitals (notice all the old hospitals start with “Saint”?). Christians give birth to science (Isaac Newton was a religious zealot who wrote more theology than science). Christians gave birth to orphanages. We wrote ‘just war’ theory that is still employed today. Christians (such as William WIlberforce and John Wesley) fought to end slavery worldwide. Christians are now fighting to end the horror of abortion.

        Christians are good for the world. And we are good for the world because we believe the bible (that teaches us how to live). And the Bible is good for the world because it is God’s Word.

      • The Emperor's New Clothes Says:

        What has Christianity done to humanity, in the past twenty centuries, how many million people have Christians killed, burned alive? — in the name of God, and the holy ghost, and the son.

        They could burn people alive because they were absolutely certain that what they were doing was right. Jesus has given them the right to bring everybody to the fold.

        Why did you accept all kinds of nonsense, Jesus proclaiming himself the only begotten son of God?

        Now, if you come across somebody in the street proclaiming that he is the only begotten son of God, what are you going to think about the man?

        You will think he is mad.

        Then why are you thinking differently about Jesus?

        In Jesus’ life not a single rabbi, not a single scholar, not a single man of intelligence, of the intelligentsia, ever became his disciple.

        The twelve people that became his apostles were fishermen, woodcutters, farmers, shoemakers – or the lowest class, uneducated.

        Just visualize a man sitting on a donkey. Followed by twelve uneducated people, proclaiming himself the only begotten son of God.

        You cannot be a begotten son of a hypothesis. That is sheer stupidity.

        Hypotheses don’t give birth to children!

        And your so-called religious leaders – cardinals, bishops, archbishops – they are representing the only begotten son of a hypothesis.

        These are the most unintelligent people in the world. They are living in an hallucination.

        If you have an open mind, you can understand. Jesus Christ’s own contemporaries did not accept him as a religious man. He was a Jew. He was born a Jew, he lived a Jew, he died as a Jew. He had never heard the word `Christian’, because in the Hebrew language there are no such words as Christ or Christian.

        Christians go on believing in Jesus Christ because he walked on water, he fed thousands of people out of two loaves of bread, he healed thousands of people just by touch, he raised a dead man back to life.

        Just think, if anybody does all these things, will his contemporaries not be impressed by him? Will his contemporaries completely ignore him? Not a Jewish scripture even mentions his name!

        There is no contemporary literature relating about Jesus and his miracles – and these miracles are not ordinary miracles. And somebody who has done all these things, do you think he deserves to be crucified? He would have been raised up as the greatest god!

        And those were the days in Judea when scholarship was at the highest peak. It had great rabbis. None of them even bothers to meet him, even bothers to listen to him. And he is doing all these miracles which none of their prophets have ever done before.

        Only one thing is possible, that all these miracles are invented, they have not happened. These are just Christian inventions about which Jews were not aware at all; otherwise, contemporary sources would have
        related them somewhere or other, in some way or other.

        Even if they were enemies to Jesus, then too there would have been some report. Buddha is reported in Hindu scriptures. Buddha is reported in Jaina scriptures, Mahavira is reported in Hindu scriptures, in Jaina scriptures. Lao Tzu is reported in Confucian scriptures. Confucius is reported in Lao-Tzuan scriptures. They were
        contemporaries.

        And the man who did such unnatural things would have dominated the whole scene.

        So you create a lie; you make churches around that lie; you create bishops, archbishops, popes, to be mediators between you and the lie, and you waste your life praying to something which does not exist at all.

        Simple psychological methods have been used: you should continuously pray.

        You start praying to Christ, or you go to church, listen to the
        priest, read the bible, which all preach, “Have faith.” And it is repeated thousands of times your whole life.

        That makes you gullible.

        You become hypnotized with the name, with the figure.

        But faith does not change you, you remain the same.

        And that is the only criterion to be used – whether your knowledge is true or your knowledge is borrowed, whether it changes you or it simply becomes accumulated in your memory.

        The Christians may have a formal belief in Christ, in the bible, but it is a Sunday religion, a kind of sociality.

        Osho – From Darkness to Light

      • WVS Says:

        Every government kills because they believe in their cause. Hindu, Muslim, Atheist, etc. You can’t call out Christianity as bad unless you point to an alternative that has a better track record.

        What alternative can you think of that has a better track record than Christianity?

      • The Emperor's New Clothes Says:

        The real medicine is not a belief system; the real medicine is meditation.

        Do you know that both the words come from the same root: medicine and meditation?

        Medicine heals the body, meditation heals your soul.

        But their function is the same, healing.

        Go deeper into meditation.

        Open all your wounds so they can be healed.

        That is the only religiousness possible.

        Nothing has been contributed by monotheist religions to the world except violence and war.

        True religiousness is not God oriented.

        True religiousness is your own interiority, your own inner space.

        The moment you enter to the center of your being, you are no more an outsider.

        Your belief in God was keeping you outside the truth, outside existence.

        Now for the first time you are the insider.

        But people are clinging to God for a certain reason.

        They are throwing all the responsibility on God.

        He will take care, all that we have to do is to go to the church every Sunday – that’s enough – and God will take care.

        But you don’t know. The moment you give your responsibility to God, you have also given your freedom into his hands, you have become a puppet.

        All God-oriented religions are simply fiction.

        A belief system can help you to forget your ignorance, but it does not destroy it.

        The God-oriented man lives in ignorance and believes that he knows.

        Lies told again and again and again start appearing to be almost true.

        God as the ultimate lie creates many lies around itself, because no lie can stand alone

        Because no lie is self-evident, it needs other lies to support it; hence, all God oriented religions have created many lies to support God..

        Once you know God is just a sick fantasy, that very understanding will make you healthy and whole.

        Dsho – Light on the path

    • Elihu Says:

      I seriously doubt if one out of ten ‘professing christians’ are truly Christians, much less following Jesus’ command to evangelize…

      • WVS Says:

        Wait. Do you have to “follow the command” to evangelize to be a Christian? I thought one was saved “by grace through faith alone” (Eph 2:8-9).

        Listen, every religion has the devout adherents and the less devout adherents. Obviously, as Christians, we would want everyone to be a “super-saint” but that has never been the case in the church. There are as many devout Christians today as there ever has been.

  2. ryder Says:

    “For example, the highest birth rates in the world are in Sub-Saharan Africa where Christianity is much more prevalent than Islam.”
    The problem is that these majority christians countries are infected up 25% of the population with AIDS.

    • aar Says:

      Ryder, it is impossible to know the number of those who are truly saved Christians. That number is impossible to calculate because only God knows it. The only thing we can observe is the visible church. Those who proclaim Christ.

  3. Zaky Says:

    well. all above comments are opposition one to an-other, what am going to say is that am Muslim and i believe that the True Islamic system is the real way of life.
    i believe Jesus was the last Jewish prophet, he did nt said am Son of God and am the Chris, he was born by a miracle and he was given a lot of miracles because of to prove his prophetic.

    Every must not west his time and he should ask his self why Jewish people killed him and why they have the religion of mosses not Jesus????

    why Christianity is all about scandals and less of real Christians?

    why can you warship the one who can’t help his self? that is if you believe he was died?

    why they said Jesus was the god of the Christianity when he never heard about it,?

    think and answer these question the realize where you are going..

    • aar Says:

      Hi Zaky,

      //well. all above comments are opposition one to an-other, what am going to say is that am Muslim and i believe that the True Islamic system is the real way of life.//

      Islam is not the real way of life. Christianity is.

      //i believe Jesus was the last Jewish prophet, he did nt said am Son of God and am the Chris, he was born by a miracle and he was given a lot of miracles because of to prove his prophetic.//

      He did say he was the Son of God. Many times.

      //Every must not west his time and he should ask his self why Jewish people killed him and why they have the religion of mosses not Jesus????//

      They killed him because they feared the truth that he brought. He had to die to save all people. Read Isaiah 53 (written 700 years before Jesus) for an explanation as to why Jesus had to die.

      //why Christianity is all about scandals and less of real Christians?//

      There are scandals in every religion. Are you saying that self professed Muslims never do evil?

      Christianity says that all men are sinners and that this is why Jesus was needed. We should not be surprised when men (even Christians) sin.

      //why can you warship the one who can’t help his self? that is if you believe he was died?//

      Jesus could help himself. He chose to die for us instead. Imagine that a truck is coming down the street and you push someone out of the way saving their life and ending yours. You could have saved yourself but instead you chose to save someone else. That is what Jesus did.

      //why they said Jesus was the god of the Christianity when he never heard about it,?//

      Jesus was worshiped. Jesus called himself the Son of God. Jesus declared himself able to forgive. Jesus heard about the fact that he was God incarnate.

      //think and answer these question the realize where you are going..//

      I think there are good answers to your questions.

  4. Zaky Says:

    What about the Bible? Who actually wrote it?

    What was the original language of the Bible? (Hebrew? Aramaic? Koine Greek?)
    NOTE: – The Bible was never in English during the time of any prophet (not even Muhammad) – because English did not exist until after 1066 AD!

    Does the Bible exist in the original form anywhere on earth? (No)

    Why does the Catholic Bible has seven (7) more books than the Protestant Bible?

    Why do these two Bibles have different versions of the same books?

    Why are there so many mistakes and errors are from the very first verse right up to the very last verse?

    Why do ‘Born Again Christians’ teach concepts that are not from the Bible?

    There is no word “Trinity” in the Bible in any version of any language

    The oldest forms of Christianity do not support the ‘born again’ beliefs

    Jesus of the English Bible complains about the ‘crucifixion’
    (“Eli! Eli! Lama sabachthani? – My God! My God! Why have You forsaken me?”) [Mk 15:34]

    How can Jesus be the “Only Begotten Son” of John 3:16? When in Psalms 2:7 David is God’s “Begotten Son?”

    Would a ‘Just’ God, a ‘Fair’ God, a ‘Loving’ God — punish Jesus for the sins of the people that he called to follow him?

    What happens to people who died before Jesus came?

    What happens to those who never hear this message?

    What about innocent children who die although their parents are not Christian?

    Didn’t God create Adam from dirt? — So, why does he need Mary to make Jesus?

    • aar Says:

      //What about the Bible? Who actually wrote it?//

      Close friends and associates of Jesus and his disciples. Eyewitnesses.

      //What was the original language of the Bible? (Hebrew? Aramaic? Koine Greek?)//

      The Old Testament was Hebrew. The New Testament was Greek.

      //NOTE: – The Bible was never in English during the time of any prophet (not even Muhammad) – because English did not exist until after 1066 AD!//

      Of course not. The Bible was written in Greek and Hebrew. We still have the Greek and Hebrew manuscripts.

      //Does the Bible exist in the original form anywhere on earth? (No)//

      Yes it does. We have a great number of very accurate manuscripts.

      //Why does the Catholic Bible has seven (7) more books than the Protestant Bible?//

      That is a question about the Old Testament and has nothing to do with the testimony about Jesus (which we agree on).

      The Catholic Bible includes some books of history between Malachi and Matthew. Protestants agree that this is helpful information but do not consider it inspired by God.

      //Why do these two Bibles have different versions of the same books?//

      They don’t. They have more text but not different text.

      //Why are there so many mistakes and errors are from the very first verse right up to the very last verse?//

      There are not. The manuscript evidence is very strong and disputed areas of the text are minuscule and do not affect any major teaching.

      //Why do ‘Born Again Christians’ teach concepts that are not from the Bible?//

      What are you talking about here?

      //There is no word “Trinity” in the Bible in any version of any language//

      Of course not but the concept is taught very clearly. For example in John 14 Jesus talks about himself being God, the Father being God and the Holy Spirit being God. Trinity simply is a easy word to describe this relationship.

      //The oldest forms of Christianity do not support the ‘born again’ beliefs//

      Which beliefs are you talking about?

      //Jesus of the English Bible complains about the ‘crucifixion’
      (“Eli! Eli! Lama sabachthani? – My God! My God! Why have You forsaken me?”) [Mk 15:34]//

      The Father abandoned the Son. What is your point here?

      //How can Jesus be the “Only Begotten Son” of John 3:16? When in Psalms 2:7 David is God’s “Begotten Son?”//

      You are confused. David was not God’s begotton son and Psalm 2 doesn’t say he was.

      //Would a ‘Just’ God, a ‘Fair’ God, a ‘Loving’ God — punish Jesus for the sins of the people that he called to follow him?//

      Forgiveness always hurts. Imagine forgiving all the sins of all the world. That is what Jesus did.

      //What happens to people who died before Jesus came?//

      Those who believed in the promise were saved.

      //What happens to those who never hear this message?//

      They die in sin.

      //What about innocent children who die although their parents are not Christian?//

      God judges all people fairly.

      //Didn’t God create Adam from dirt? — So, why does he need Mary to make Jesus?//
      I guess he could have done it a bunch of different ways. He chose to do it via Mary. Who are you to judge what God does?

  5. The reality Says:

    Christianity is dying in all areas of the world and in all countries but Islam is growing in all the world countries so Islam is growing twise as world population by birth rate and by concertage you can search that Islam is growing twise as world population and 68000 people are converting per day watch on YouTube so that means more then 20 millions are converting in Isl every year and 70 millions became Muslims per birth rate in a year but Christians are dying and by leaving Christianity and by birth rate there is ath lie about Christianity growing in Africa this is only lies of Christians because Islam is growing by concertage 10 times more then Christians and 50 times by birth rate.


  6. […] With the rise of media and the exposure to new ideas, science and criticism of religion, many secularists are confident that religion will fade. But the data so far (and this is from 2010 so it is fairly recent) shows that retention rates continue to favor religion with atheism having some of the lowest retention rates. And although from a rate standpoint, ‘no religion’ wins converts at a higher percentage, the number of adherents added via conversion favors conservative Protestants (see explanation of rates versus absolute numbers here). […]


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