Global Christianity Christian Growth
Global Christianity

Increasing numbers of Christians, particularly in Africa and Asia.

"Jesus feeds the multitude,"
Ethiopian "hunger cloth," 1980

World religions: 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.

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