numbers of Christians, particularly in Africa and Asia.
feeds the multitude,"
"hunger cloth," 1980
At the close of the twentieth century, Christianity and Islam were the
fastest-growing religions in the world. Islam was growing slightly faster
than Christianity as a whole, but the evangelical types of Christianity,
especially Pentecostalism, grew faster
than Islam. Regions of the world: Christianity grew most rapidly
in Africa and parts of Asia, such as South Korea
and China. In Latin America, evangelical churches have grown at a rapid
rate; some of this growth has come from Catholics becoming Protestant
and some from non-Christians converting. Types of Christianity:
Groups emphasizing conversion, evangelism, and spiritual experience are
growing; African independent
churches are one example. Protestant denominations of the "mainline"
declined through most of the twentieth century. Proportion to world
population: The Roman Catholic church has grown in numbers but not
in proportion to the population increase. In 1998 world population was
growing at 1.7 percent per year; evangelical Christianity was expanding
at 2.9 percent per year. Racial-ethnic distribution: In 2000, more
than 60% of Christians were Asian, African and Latin American; their percentage
seems likely to increase.