Religion Growth

by Julia Rodriguez

Staff Writer

Many people believe that religion is something that is slowly deteriorating simply because that is how many things fade away, with time, especially with technology advancing in this new day and age. However, this mass of people is wrong. Religion is growing at an incredibly fast rate.

The fastest growing religions are currently Islam and Christianity; Islam coming in first place with the fastest growing population. The world’s fastest-growing faith, will leap from 1.6 billion (in 2010) to 2.76 billion by 2050, according to the Pew study. At that time, Muslims will make up nearly one-third of the world’s total projected population of about 9 billion people. Christianity is expected to grow, too; Christians will increase from 2.17 billion to 2.92 billion, composing more than 31% of the world’s population. This means that by 2050, more than 6 out of 10 people on Earth will be Christian or Muslim.

The studies made, which Pew says is the first of its kind, bases its projections on the age of populations, fertility and mortality rates, as well as migration and conversion patterns. Simply put, Muslims are having larger families, retaining more members (conversions are illegal in some Muslim nations) and are younger than adherents of other faiths. More than 1 in 3 Muslims is younger than 15. So, is this study really credible? That is debatable. Although it does prove that religion is existent in the youth that will make up our future population.

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