By Vexen Crabtree 1998
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|Links: Pages on Christianity, Other Religions|
|Afterlife||Heaven or hell|
|Heritage||Judaism1 and paganism2|
|Area of Origin||Roman Empire|
|Founder||Multiple Greek writers. St Paul. 1st-3rd centuryCE|
|Numbers in the UK (Census results)|
|2001||42.08 million||2011||33.2 million|
|Christians Worldwide (Pew & WM)|
|World: 33.2%. Papua New Guinea (99%), Timor-Leste (East Timor) (99%), Vatican City (99%), Romania (99%), Tokelau (99%), Tonga (98.9%), Armenia (98.5%), American Samoa (98.3%), Faroe Islands (98%), Zambia (97.6%) 3|
Christianity is a monotheistic religion based on the teachings of Jesus and the stories of the Hebrew Scriptures, as preserved in the Bible. Christianity is counted as one of the great world religions4,5.
Jesus Did Not ExistThe Birth of Jesus and the Christmas Story: Pagan and UnhistoricalThe Crucifixion Facade The Crucifixion in the Bible's Gospels: Differences and Contradictions Arguments That Jesus Survived the Crucifixion
In England & Wales: 59% say they are Christian but under half believe in God and 66% have no connection with ChristianityAndrea Minichiello Williams, CEO of Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre; and the Wilberforce AcademyTB Joshua's Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN): In Southwark, London, UKThe Christian Institute: A UK Political Lobbying Organisation
Creationism and Intelligent Design: Christian FundamentalismSatan and The Devil in World Religions: 2.3. Judaism and Christianity (Satan, The Devil)Christianity v. Astronomy: The Earth Orbits the Sun!Instruct with Great Patience: How Christians Should Preach and Debate, According to the BibleGod Does Not Need Prayer, Prophets, Souls, Evangelists Nor ReligionWhy Do Women Have to Cover Their Hair in Judaism, Christianity and Islam? Homocentricity in Christianity
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(Lower is better)
|3||Papua New Guinea||99%||94.8%||147|
|4||Timor-Leste (E. Timor)||99%||84.2%||99|
|15||Wallis & Futuna||97.4%|
The population of 157 countries are mostly Christian (2011)3. Comparing those 157 country(ies) to the rest of the world:
Christian countries' average life expectancy at birth (72.5yrs) is close to the global average (71.3yrs).7
Christian countries' average fertility rate is 2.56, compared with the global average of 2.81. Values above 2.1 cause population growth, putting further strain on the Earth's resources. See: The Overpopulation of the Earth and the Demographics Crises: The Impact on Pensions and Immigration.8
Christian countries' are of average wealth compared to the global average Gross National Income (per capita) of $17 240, with an average GNI of $18 053.9
When it comes to tolerance of homosexuality and LGBT rights, Christians' countries are better than the global average, scoring 40.2 on the Social and Moral Development Index LGBT component compared with the global average of -7.3.
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Breuilly, O'Brien & Palmer
(1997) Religions of the World. Hardback book. Subtitled: "The Illustrated Guide to Origins, Beliefs, Traditions, & Festivals". Published by Lionheart Books. By Elizabeth Breuilly, Joanne O'Brien & Martin Palmer. Published for Transedition Limited and Fernleigh Books.
Murray et al.
(2009) Hammond Atlas of World Religions. Hardback book. Published by Hammond World Atlas Corporation, Langenscheidt Publishing Group, New York, USA. Contributing authors: Stuart A.P. Murray; Robert Huber; Elizabeth Mechem; Sarah Novak; Devid West Reynolds, PhD; Tricia Wright; Thomas Cussans.
Pew Forum. Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
(2012) The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World's Major Religious Groups as of 2010. Published 2012 Dec 18, accessed online 2013 May 01.
(2013) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. Published on the United Nation's HDR website at hdr.undp.org/.../hdr2013/ (accessed throughout 2013). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.
(2008) Worldmapper Datasets 551-582: Religion. Worldmapper Datasets 551-582: Religion (2008 Mar 26) on worldmapper.org/.../religion_data.xls, accessed 2013 Nov 11. Authored by John Protchard, published by SASI, University of Shieffield. Data is for year 2005, with some datasets being edited from original sources to remove the effects of double-counting, and, adjusting for population changes between 2002 and 2005.