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Christianity Tops Other Religions

Christianity Tops Other Religions

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An international Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life poll has found that Christianity remains the religion with the most adherents worldwide, while roughly one-third of people around the globe have no religious affiliation. [Artículo en Español Tambien]

The comprehensive poll examined more than 230 countries worldwide, and asked respondents to identify which religion, if any, they belong to. The results determined that 32 percent of the world's population, 2.2 billion people, are Christians, 23 percent or 1.6 billion are Muslim, 15 percent or 1 billion are Hindu, and that 7 percent or 500 million are Buddhists. African, Asian, Native American and other folk religions are still practiced by 6 percent or 400 million people. Close to 1 percent belong to other established groups like the Baha'i faith, Jainism, Sikhism, Shintoism, Taoism, Tenrikyo, Wicca and Zoroastrianism, while Jewish people account for only 0.02 percent, or 14 million of the population.

An international Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life poll has found that Christianity remains the religion with the most adherents worldwide, while roughly one-third of people around the globe have no religious affiliation. [Artículo en Español Tambien]

The comprehensive poll examined more than 230 countries worldwide, and asked respondents to identify which religion, if any, they belong to. The results determined that 32 percent of the world's population, 2.2 billion people, are Christians, 23 percent or 1.6 billion are Muslim, 15 percent or 1 billion are Hindu, and that 7 percent or 500 million are Buddhists. African, Asian, Native American and other folk religions are still practiced by 6 percent or 400 million people. Close to 1 percent belong to other established groups like the Baha'i faith, Jainism, Sikhism, Shintoism, Taoism, Tenrikyo, Wicca and Zoroastrianism, while Jewish people account for only 0.02 percent, or 14 million of the population.

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Christianity Tops Other ReligionsAn international Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life poll hasfound that Christianity remains the religion with the most adherents worldwide, whileroughly one-third of people around the globe have no religious affiliation.The comprehensive poll examined more than 230 countries worldwide, and askedrespondents to identify which religion, if any, they belong to. The results determined that32 percent of the world's population, 2.2 billion people, are Christians, 23 percent or 1.6 billion are Muslim, 15 percent or 1 billion are Hindu, and that 7 percent or 500 millionare Buddhists. African, Asian, Native American and other folk religions are still practiced by 6 percent or 400 million people. Close to 1 percent belong to other established groupslike the Baha'i faith, Jainism, Sikhism, Shintoism, Taoism, Tenrikyo, Wicca andZoroastrianism, while Jewish people account for only 0.02 percent, or 14 million of the population.The Pew poll found that almost half of the world's Christians are Catholic, while 37 percent identify as one of the Protestant traditions, which includes Anglicans. TheOrthodox Communion numbers 12 percent, while minority denominations, sometimesreferred to as "cults" like Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses only make up around 1 percent of the global Christian population."The 10 countries with the largest number of Christians account for about half (48 percent) of the global Christian population. The largest share of all Christians live in theUnited States (11 percent), followed by Brazil (8 percent), Mexico (5 percent), Russia (5 percent), the Philippines (4 percent), Nigeria (4 percent), China (3 percent), theDemocratic Republic of the Congo (3 percent), Germany (3 percent) and Ethiopia (2 percent)," Pew explain.Almost all religions were heavily concentrated in one geographical region or another – except for Christianity, which was spread almost evenly across six continents.Hindu, Buddhists, Folk and Other religious groups were found almost exclusivelyconcentrated in the Asia-Pacific region. The "Unaffiliated" were also heavilyconcentrated in the Asia-pacific region, though had a significant presence in Europe aswell. Christians, however, made the majority of Europe, North America, Latin Americaand Sub-Saharan Africa, though had only a minimal presence in the Middle East region,
 
where Muslims dominated.Hindus and Christians were also the two religious groups that are concentrated almostentirely in places where they are the majority. Ninety-seven percent of Hindu adherentslive in India, Mauritius or Nepal, where they have the majority, while 87 percent of Christians are found in 157 Christian-majority nations.The religiously unaffiliated, on the other hand, are the majority population in sixcountries, namely China, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hong Kong, Japan and North Korea.Pew defined "religiously unaffiliated" simply as people who did not select a specificreligion, which includes but is not limited to atheists. Also called the "nones," their numbers have been rising particularly in America, where one in in five adults said inanother Pew poll in October that they have no religion.In terms of median age of representatives of religious groups, Muslims were the youngestat 23, with Jews the oldest at 36. Christians were the third youngest, with a medium ageof 30.The Pew poll's data was taken from more than 25,000 national censuses reflecting people's opinions in 2010, with Pew noting that more recent poll data coming out fromspecific countries could present more updated statistics.El cristianismo es la religión más grandeUn foro internacional Pew Research Center sobre Religión y Vida Pública encuesta hadescubierto que el cristianismo sigue siendo la religión con más adeptos en todo elmundo, mientras que aproximadamente un tercio de las personas de todo el mundo notienen ninguna afiliación religiosa.La encuesta amplia que examinó más de 230 países de todo el mundo, y pidió a losencuestados que identificaran la que la religión, en su caso, al que pertenecen. Losresultados determinaron que el 32 por ciento de la población mundial, 2,2 millones de personas, son cristianos, el 23 por ciento o 1,6 millones son musulmanes, un 15 por ciento o 1 mil millones son hindúes, y que el 7 por ciento o 500 millones son budistas.Religiones africanas, asiáticas, indígenas americanos y otros populares todavía se practican en un 6 por ciento o 400 millones de personas. Cerca de un 1 por ciento pertenece a otros grupos establecidos como la fe Baha'i, el jainismo, el sijismo, elsintoísmo, el taoísmo, Tenrikyo, Wicca y el zoroastrismo, mientras que los judíosrepresentan sólo el 0,02 por ciento, o 14 millones de la población.El sondeo de Pew encontró que casi la mitad de los cristianos del mundo son católicos,mientras que el 37 por ciento se identifica como una de las tradiciones protestantes, queincluye anglicanos. Los ortodoxos números Comunión el 12 por ciento, mientras que lasconfesiones minoritarias, a veces referido como "cultos", como los mormones y losTestigos de Jehová sólo representan alrededor del 1 por ciento de la población cristianamundial."Los 10 países con el mayor número de cristianos representan cerca de la mitad (48 por 

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