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Global Study: Atheists in Decline, Only 1.8% of World Population by 2020

Posted By admin On July 25, 2013 @ 5:51 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Michael W. Chapman
CNS News [1]
July 25, 2013

Atheism is in decline worldwide, with the number of atheists falling from 4.5% of the world’s population in 1970 to 2.0% in 2010 and projected to drop to 1.8% by 2020, according to a new report by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass.

In its report, Christianity in its Global Context, 1970-2020: Society, Religion, and Mission [2], researchers analyzed data on church membership and activities from thousands of Christian denominations and other religions worldwide, presenting that data from 1970 and 2010 for a 40-year comparison and, using that information and related demographic data to forecast the world religious makeup in 2020. (See ChristianityinitsGlobalContext(1).pdf [3])

The numbers show that in 1970 there were 165,500,000  atheists worldwide, about 4.5% of the global population. In 2010, the number of atheists had fallen to 136,582,200 or 2.0% of the population. If trends continue, according to the study, there will be 136,685,000 atheists in 2020, or about 1.8% of the world population.

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[1] CNS News: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/global-study-atheists-decline-only-18-world-population-2020

[2] Christianity in its Global Context, 1970-2020: Society, Religion, and Mission: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CDEQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwwwgordonconwell.com%2Fnetcommunity%2FCSGCResources%2FChristianityinitsGlobalContext.pdf&ei=sQ7wUfrqBq3K4APl2ICgAQ&usg=AFQjCNETU4GUcx5SF02X8EDO1YapATv0xw&bvm=bv.49641647,d.dmg

[3] ChristianityinitsGlobalContext(1).pdf: http://www.cnsnews.com/sites/default/files/documents/ChristianityinitsGlobalContext%281%29.pdf

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