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Report: Islam Will Surpass Christianity as World’s Dominant Religion by End of Century

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2017 Mar 02
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According to a recent report, the religion of Islam is growing rapidly and there will be more people who identify as Muslim than as Christians by the year 2070.

These statistics were revealed by the Pew Research Center which conducted a study titled “Muslims and Islam: Key Finding in the US and around the World.”

In 2010, there were about 2.17 billion Christians in the world and 1.6 billion Muslims, but the study found that, by 2070, there will be 2.92 billion Muslims and 2.76 billion Christians--and the number of Muslims will only continue to grow, making Islam likely to be the dominant world religion by the end of the century.

In the U.S., Muslims are expected to make up 2.1 percent of the population by 2050, according to the findings of the study, as reported by Christian Today. Currently, they make up about one percent.

A couple reasons the report gives as to why Islam is growing at such a fast rate are that Muslims have the highest fertility rate (3.1 children per woman) and they also have the youngest average age (34 percent are under 15).

Interestingly, the study also found that atheism and non-religious affiliation will decline globally over the coming years. Those who identify as atheist or non-religiously affiliated currently account for 16.4 percent of the world’s population, but that number is expected to decrease to 13.2 percent by 2050.


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Publication date: March 2, 2017