Displaying 30+ Stories
Allow Ads

Global Growth of Christianity Outpaces Atheists, Charismatic Churches Lead the Way

Image Source: Unsplash/Aaron Burden
Image Source: Unsplash/Aaron Burden

Even though the number of atheists has increased worldwide, a newly released report shows the world's population of religious people is growing even faster. 

Lifeway Research published its findings online titled 7 Encouraging Trends of Global Christianity in 2022 from data collected by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at the Massachusetts-based Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. 

The statistics gathered by the center titled  2022 Status of Global Christianity Report reveal while the number of all religious people is growing at a 1.27% rate, the growth rate of nonreligionists is less than half that—0.52%, well below the total population growth percentage. In particular, the number of atheists is almost stagnant, only growing 0.18% per year, according to Lifeway.

In addition, the evangelical research firm noted there are fewer atheists around the world today (147 million) than in 1970 (165 million). 

***Please sign up for CBN Newsletters and download the CBN News app to ensure you keep receiving the latest news from a distinctly Christian perspective.***

According to the Gordon-Conwell center's report, the number of atheists is forecast to continue to decline by 2050. 

Lifeway also pointed to data that shows Christianity is continuing to grow around the world. With a 1.17% growth rate, almost 2.56 billion people will identify as Christian by the middle of 2022. By 2050, that number is expected to top 3.33 billion.

In particular, the growth of charismatic Christians is remarkable. In 1900, less than 1 million people around the world identified as Pentecostal or charismatic. By 2050, that number will top 1 billion.

But where is Christianity growing the most? It's growing faster in Africa than any other place in the world and more Christians live in Africa than any other continent, according to the report.

Read the rest of Lifeway's findings here

Who is Jesus? Is he really God’s Son? And what does Jesus have to do with Heaven? Your questions are answered here.

Need prayer? We’re available 24/7. Call (800) 700-7000 or request prayer.

Learn why Truth Matters at CBN News.
CBN Partners provide hope to those who are suffering! You can help bring hope today!
Bring Hope

Did you know?

God is everywhere—even in the news. That’s why we view every news story through the lens of faith. We are committed to delivering quality independent Christian journalism you can trust. But it takes a lot of hard work, time, and money to do what we do. Help us continue to be a voice for truth in the media by supporting CBN News for as little as $1.