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Maybe figures would speak louder than statements.

As quoted in the World Christian Encyclopedia: A comparative study of churches and religions in the modern world:

“. . . Christianity has experienced massive losses in the Western and Communist worlds over the last 60 years. In the Sovient Union, Christians have fallen from 83.6% in 1900 to 36.1% today. In Europe and North America, nett defections from Christianity—converts to other religions or to irreligion — are now running at 1, 820, 500 former Christians a year. This loss is much higher . . . .”[1]

According to a Christian magazine, The Plain Truth,[2]with its source books being the World Almanac and Book of Facts 1935, Reader’s Digest Almanac and Yearbook 1983, it acknowledged that in a span of fifty years (1934 – 1984):

From the figures given in that magazine, if we pick only three religions, it would appear as follows:

Shedding light on the unparalleled Muslim revival, the article which appeared in The Plane Truth in 1984 stated that, “In contrast to declining church memberships in the West, news reports would have told you of an opposite trend in the Moslem world. Islam would become the world’s fastest-growing religion . . .”[3]and truly as predicted, Islam is now the fastest-growing religion.As a matter of fact, the Vatican admits that Islam has overtaken Catholicism, “For the first time in history, we are no longer at the top: Muslims have overtaken us,” Monsignor Vittorio Formenti said in an interview with the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano. Formenti who compiles the Vatican’s yearbook said that Catholics accounted for 17.4 percent of the world population – a stable percentage – while Muslims were at 19.2 percent.[4]

Moreover, The World Christian Database (WCD) and its print predecessor the World Christian Encyclopedia (WCE) has reviewed religious populations around the world and released results of their investigations at various times. Refining from the tabulation of their results, to compare and contrast Islam and Christianity, the yearly growth rate percentage would be as follows:

[References for the figures provided see: Barrett, David B., George Thomas Kurian, and Todd M. Johnson. 2001. World Christian Encyclopedia: A comparative survey of churches and religions in the modern world. New York: Oxford University Press. p 4. Also see “The List: The World’s Fastest-Growing Religions.” Foreign Policy 14 May 2007.]

Talking about other non-Christian religions, the author of WCE’s stand is: “. . . we may believe those religions false or inadequate and may attempt to win them to faith in Jesus Christ . . . .”[5]Hoping that the data on these ‘deviant’ religions provided therein are objective and not manipulated in an attempt to win them to faith in Jesus Christ, we shall use it for our analysis. The World Christian Encyclopedia gives the number of both Muslims and Christians in 1900 and in 2000. The population of Christians in 1900 and 2000 were 558 056 332 and 2 019 921 366 respectively and that of Muslims in the same years were 200 102 284 and1 200 653 040 respectively.[6]

A simple formula for calculating a percentage Growth Rate (or Percent Change) between two different periods is given as follows:

Using the figures provided by the WCE, let’s calculate the Percentage Growth of Christianity between 1900 and 2000.

After calculating, the percentage growth of Christianity become 262%

Using the figures provided by the WCE, let’s now calculate the Percentage Growth of Islam between 1900 and 2000.

After calculating, the percentage growth of Islam become 500%

Still, Islam is leading with 500% Growth Rate whereas Christianity has 262% Growth rate. In 1997, statisticians at the US Center for World Mission stated that Christianity’s total number of adherents is growing at about 2.3% annually.[7]According to Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance Islam is growing at about 2.9% per year which is faster than the total world population which is increasing at about 2.3% annually.[8] Extrapolating from the past Islam’s growth trends, no difficulty should be encountered, then, in accepting that Islam will unquestionably surpass all religions of the world. On October 2009, Kenyan newspaper The Standard emerged with an article entitled: “one in every four is a Muslim as followers hits 1.57 billion worldwide.”[9] This figure was revealed by Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life in a report which is billed as the most comprehensive of its kind. If in 2000, according to the The World Christian Database (WCD), the Muslims were 1.2 billion worldwide and 9 years later (i.e. 2009) Pew Forum concluded that Muslims had reached 1.57 billion worldwide, what will be the world Muslim population in the next 50 years? Time will tell.

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[1]. Barrett, David B. World Christian Encyclopedia: A comparative study of churches and religions in the modern world, AD 1900-2000. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.p. 7.

[2]. Stump, Keith. W. “A Crucial Half Century of Religion.” The Plain Truth Feb. 1984 p.11.

[3]. Stump, Keith. W. “A Crucial Half Century of Religion.” The Plain Truth Feb. 1984 p.20.

[4]. Richard Owen. “Islam overtakes Catholicism as world’s largest religion.” Times 31 March 2008; also see Kington, Tom. “Number of Muslims ahead of Catholics, says Vatican.” The Guardian 31 March 2008; “Muslims outnumber Catholics.” PRESS TV. 30 Mar 2008 < http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=49503&sectionid=3510212&gt; ; Rizzo, Alessandra (Associated Press Writer). “Muslims More Numerous Than Catholics.” ABC News 30 March 2008; CBS News 30 March 2008.

[5]. Barrett, David B. Preface. World Christian Encyclopedia: A comparative study of churches and religions in the modern world, AD 1900-2000. By Barrett. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.

[6]. Barrett, David B. World Christian Encyclopedia: A comparative study of churches and religions in the modern world, AD 1900-2000. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.p. 6.

[7]. Greg H. Parsons, Executive Director, U.S. Center for World Mission, Pasadena, CA; quoted in Zondervan News Service, 21 Feb. 1997.

[8]. Robinson, B.A.  “Growth Rate of Christianity & Islam.” religioustolerance.org. 6 Nov. 2001. <http://www.religioustolerance.org/growth_isl_chr.htm&gt;; Also see Khan, Arshad. Islam, Muslims and America: Understanding the Basis of Their Conflict. Algora Publishing, 2003.p.29.

[9]. Gorski, Eric (AP Religion Writer). “One in every four is a Muslim as followers hits 1.57 billion worldwide.” The Standard 9 Oct. 2009. Also see Greene, Richard Allen. “Nearly 1 in 4 people worldwide is Muslim, report says.”CNN 8 Oct. 2009; <http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/10/07/muslim.world.population/index.html&gt;; Beaumont, Peter. “One in four people is Muslim, says study.” Guardian 8 Oct. 2009; Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. “Mapping the Global Muslim Population: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Muslim Population.” 8 Oct. 2009.